FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, DC (May 6, 2021) – D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is slow-rolling the reopening of DC restaurants, further hurting the DC economy with underemployment in restaurants, hardship for these important small businesses, and deterring economic recovery for the city, as a whole.
While neighbors in Virginia and Maryland, and even the nearby metropolises of Philadelphia and New York, have solid reopening plans for restaurants, DC is stuck in a model that will continue to hurt our local restaurant workers and those businesses that supply restaurants.
The DC Republican Party calls on Mayor Bowser and DC Health director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt to immediately lay out a meaningful restaurant reopening plan that will protect restaurant patrons and workers from COVID-19, while supporting small businesses across our city. DC residents deserve to know that restaurants will open, as summer vacations start, and those relying on restaurants for their livelihood, need to see that there is a road to recovery.
Patrick Mara, Chairman of the DC Republican Party, said:
“With summer holidays on the horizon and the rate of fully-vaccinated DC residents passing 30 percent, it is time for Muriel Bowser and her team to focus on reviving the DC economy and supporting DC residents relying on restaurants and related businesses for their livelihood. We can’t remain in stagnation in the restaurant sector, which is a foundation of small business in DC. Before the pandemic, roughly 10 percent of DC employment was in restaurants, but that number has fallen to less than 0.01 percent, according to DC employment statistics. Mayor Bowser, make a meaningful plan to reopen DC restaurants and do it now.”
The DC Republican Committee is composed of registered Republicans living throughout the District of Columbia in all eight wards who are nominated and elected to serve as members.