This contains practical information that restaurant owners and operators can use NOW, and will be updated as per new options and concerns become known.

Please keep yourselves and your families safe during this time. We are all in this together!!!

Landlord / Tenant Issues:

  •  Request a rent abatement from your landlord.

Loans and Financing:

SBA Disaster Loans

  •   Applications Open. Click HERE to apply.

Note: If you apply on line – do it later at night – the website is so slow because so many companies are applying for a loan.

Need help filling out the application? Access these step-by-step instructions: File Name: Three_Step_Process_SBA_Disaster_Loans (LINK)

HFLA of Northeast Ohio COVID-19 Emergency

Loan In light of the financial burdens created by the spread of COVID-19, HFLA is offering expedited interest-free loans of up to $1,500 for purposes including (but not limited to):

·        Lost wages due to inability to go to work

·        Child care costs due to school closures

·        Small business losses

·        Related medical costs

·        To apply, borrowers should contact HFLA at 216-378-9042 or email or specifying that the request is for coronavirus related needs. If you need more funds you may be eligible to apply for HFLA’s standard interest free loan (up to $10,000 with a guarantor)

Employee Issues:


  1. COVID-19 Separation and Instruction Sheet
  2. SharedWork Ohio’s Participating Employee Information Sheet
  3. COVID-19, “What you need to know Fact Sheet”
  4. ODJFS link,

ShareWork Ohio

  • This is a voluntary layoff aversion program. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, the participating employer reduces affected employees’ hours in a uniform manner. The participating employee works the reduced hours each week, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) provides eligible individuals an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours.

 Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

  • The purpose of the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) is to assist qualified bartenders, bar backs, and bar servers who are in need of financial assistance as a result of a catastrophic event or an emergency hardship.

 Other Suggested Moves:


The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a one-time liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants.

  • Bars and restaurants wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should return their unopened, high-proof liquor products (obtained within the past 30 days) to the agency where they purchased the product. This opportunity is also extended to those with temporary (F2) permits for events scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020. If a business has questions about this program, they should reach out directly to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) at 1(877)812-0013 or by emailing

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