The Texas Workforce Commission this week approved an initiative to help restaurants in the Lone Star State respond to the pandemic through new strategies to open and operate safely in an era of social distancing.

The Restaurant Recovery Initiative provides for a series of videos that will share best practices to assist employers in adapting jobs to remote and contact-less operations and in taking advantage of new service delivery trends. Additionally, this initiative sets aside up to $500,000 for course instruction and testing for food handler permits and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission certifications.

“This program can help all Texas restaurant owners and operators learn new ways to get their businesses back up and running,” said Bryan Daniel, TWC Chairman. “TWC’s efforts to spur additional job growth in the Texas restaurant industry is a critical piece of rebuilding the state’s economy.”

The video topics will include online ordering, curbside pickup, delivery, e-commerce platforms and customer service. It will even include lessons on ways to optimize restaurant space. In addition to the videos, many restaurant employers and Texan job seekers will benefit from access to online basic instruction and testing for food handler permits and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission certifications. The donated funds will be used to cover most of the cost for these programs.

“No-cost online testing for permits and certifications will eliminate a key barrier for restaurants that need to hire new staff,” said Julian Alvarez, Commissioner Representing Labor. “They will now be able to train their workers online, which is vital with continuing social guidelines in place. This will help connect Texans to job opportunities.”

“Texas restaurants are a key backbone of our economy and the local communities in which they operate,” said Aaron Demerson, Commissioner Representing Employers. “Restaurants are run by the Lone Star State’s toughest and most resilient entrepreneurs and we want to give them the tools to come back even stronger, which benefits all Texans.”

The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit

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