Need for RRF Replenishment Reaching Critical Tipping Point

New data shows that restaurant recovery is paralyzed and nowhere near complete. Together with the Vermont Independent Restaurants, the Vermont Chamber engaged with the offices of Senator Leahy and Senator Sanders, demonstrating how urgent the need is among restaurants that did not receive relief before funding ran out. It has now been 263 days since the fund was depleted, leaving 581 Vermont restaurants shouldering more than $120 million in demonstrated unmet need. The inequity between restaurants that received funding and those that did not is staggering. Each day restaurants take on more debt to keep their doors open and their staff employed as business continues to lag. RRF replenishment was promised as a lifeline to small businesses that are essential to the community. The time for Congressional action is now.