In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson established an Ad Hoc Committee on COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Assistance, chaired by Dallas City Councilmember Casey Thomas.
Mayor Johnson stated that this committee "will enable the Dallas City Council to consider concrete steps that will help mitigate any negative effects of our painful but necessary emergency measures on our economy and our society."
Two areas of focus for the Ad Hoc Committee are restaurants and hotels. As the committee's liaison to the hospitality sector, Dallas City Councilmember Adam Bazaldua formed a Restaurant & Hospitality Advisory Committee on May 8, 2020.
Councilmember Bazaldua said that the purpose of this group "is to provide council with recommendations and best practices for the reopening phase, and to be a collective industry voice for most proposed ideas as we move forward."
Although independent of 24HourDallas, Councilmember Bazaldua tapped 24HourDallas founder Randall White to chair this advisory group.
There are 59 pandemic recovery actions the City of Dallas could easily take to help restaurants, bars, music venues, food trucks, special events and festivals, tourism, arts and culture, and hotels.
- June 29, 2020 The City of Dallas advisory committee presented its report during a 24HourDallas webinar.
- August 20, 2020 The chair of the City of Dallas advisory committee reviewed this report with the City of Dallas Ad Hoc Committee on COVID-19 Recovery and Assistance ... with mixed results. Some councilmembers pushed back on anything that had to do with tourism or with hotels deferring expensive code-related upgrade costs.
- September 10, 2020 The chair of the City of Dallas advisory committee reviewed this report with Dr. Eric Anthony Johnson, Chief of Economic Development & Neighborhood Services for the City of Dallas. We felt hopeful and a strategy was set for an upcoming meeting with Councilmembers Casey Thomas and Adam Bazaldua.
- September 24, 2020 The chair of the City of Dallas advisory committee was to go line-by-line through the report with Dallas City Councilmembers Casey Thomas and Adam Bazaldua. Councilmember Bazaldua had a conflict arise and the meeting was cancelled. We await rescheduling ... although we have missed timely opportunities, especially as more restaurants and hotels close for good.
Our hope is that the City of Dallas will be able to assist our sectors of the economy stabilize and recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
View and download a PDF of the City of Dallas Restaurant and Hospitality Advisory Committee's "Empty Chairs" report.