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The Columbus-based Ohio Restaurant Association has launched a couple of initiatives stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, said Homa Moheimani, director of communications.

The first is the Ohio Restaurant Promise, which the association created as a pledge from restaurants that they are focusing on safety and sanitization, she said.

“Restaurants can take the pledge that this is our promise to you,” she said.

The promise says restaurant owners/operators will commit to adhering to state and local health, as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The promise includes maintaining social distancing and a regimen of regular sanitization; it also assures that all employees wear masks and wash their hands regularly.

Details are at ohiorestaurant.org.

“They can download materials, find PPE supplies, best practices,” Moheimani said. 

The promise launched in May, she said.

The association also is working to help restaurant workers who have lost their jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic, Moheimani said.

The association, in conjunction with the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation, has formed the Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief Fund “to activate emergency funding for personnel in the foodservice industry who have been affected by COVID-19,” the organization announced on its ohiorestaurantsrelief.org website.

The effort seeks public and corporate donations.

More information is available at ohiorestaurantsrelief.org.

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