COVID-19 News Articles

RESEARCH, REGULATIONS, REOPENING GUIDANCE AND MORE

September 24, 2020
Tap into FREE mental and medical health resources for the industry

COVID-19 is affecting physical and mental health, especially for those working in the hard-hit restaurant industry. Fortunately, we have resources to help.

September 24, 2020
Add no-contact commerce options to your payment strategy

Expand your payment options to make it easier and safer for customers to purchase from your restaurant without handling cards or cash.

September 18, 2020
Fourteen states lost restaurant jobs in August

Five states – South Dakota, Maine, Indiana, Idaho and Mississippi – surpassed their pre-coronavirus restaurant employment peaks.

September 17, 2020
Winter woes: What’s the plan when it’s too cold to dine outdoors?

Outdoor dining helped offset sales losses in the spring and summer, but what will dining out look like as the weather turns colder?

September 17, 2020
Consumers respond to new off-premises options at restaurants

Seven in 10 operators say off-premises sales represent a higher proportion of their total business compared to pre-coronavirus levels.

September 16, 2020
Restaurant sales rose in August, but operators remained concerned

As total restaurant sales losses topped $185 billion, a majority of operators do not expect their business to fully recover within 6 months.

September 15, 2020
National Food Safety Month Week 3: Prepare food safely

Pathogens can move around easily, spreading from food or unwashed hands to prep areas, equipment, utensils, and other food. But you can prevent it.

September 11, 2020
Innovating during a pandemic: Opening The Perch Kitchen and Tap

Multi-concept Chicago operator adapts menu, unit design and service models in recently opened restaurant.

September 9, 2020
MEG Talks keep operators up on latest marketing strategies

The Marketing Executive Group is launching a new series, MEG Talks, to help restaurateurs ramp up marketing efforts that keep customers dining on and off premises.

September 9, 2020
National Food Safety Month Week 2: Clean and sanitize right!

ServSafe delivers six tips and teaching activities to reinforce ways to correctly clean and sanitize your restaurants.

September 4, 2020
Restaurant employment recovery is in danger of stalling

The restaurant industry added just 133,600 jobs in August, and staffing levels remain nearly 2.5 million jobs below the pre-coronavirus peak.

September 2, 2020
National Food Safety Month Week 1: Focus is on personal hygiene

Campaign promotes rules for safe food handling, which is even more important during the coronavirus threat.

August 31, 2020
National Food Safety Month resonates with restaurants during COVID-19

ServSafe program takes center stage as restaurants operate on and off premises; delivers tips and tools through September.

August 27, 2020
Innovating during a pandemic: The Roti Revolution

Coronavirus is causing a lot of shutdowns, but it hasn’t shut down creativity.

August 24, 2020
What’s your state’s stance on masks and other regulations? Find out.

The Association’s state-by-state COVID-19 resources are comprehensive, growing in number, and updated regularly.

August 21, 2020
Speed of restaurant employment recovery varies significantly by state

Four states – Texas, Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma – lost eating and drinking place jobs in July.

August 19, 2020
Your guests refuse to wear masks in your restaurant. What do you do?

Operators increasingly report unpleasant confrontations with customers who declare their right to refuse face coverings. What recourse to you have handling this situation?

August 19, 2020
5 guidelines for employees’ safe return to your restaurant

Our Restaurant Law Center offers this guidance on what you can do to protect your restaurant and employees from coronavirus.

August 18, 2020
Consumers are worried their restaurants will not survive the pandemic

A majority of U.S. adults say they know of a restaurant in their community that has permanently closed during the coronavirus outbreak.

August 17, 2020
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund helps 43K-plus out-of-work employees

The Association's Educational Foundation campaign provided direct support in the form of $500 checks to those in need.

August 14, 2020
Restaurant sales continued to rise in July, but at a much slower pace

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales surpassed $165 billion during the first five months of the pandemic.

August 13, 2020
Help guests feel safe: Tips for cleaning POS equipment

While your restaurants operate according to state and local COVID-19 guidelines, everyone plays a role in maintaining public safety, including you, your employees and your guests.

August 12, 2020
ServSafe expands training program with remote-proctored online exams

The industry’s premier food safety training and certification program is accessible online, especially key during COVID-19.

August 11, 2020
Black franchisees talk about employee safety during COVID crisis

Multiunit operators tell MFHA Town Hall participants about their experiences with staff during coronavirus pandemic.

August 7, 2020
Restaurant job growth slowed significantly in July

Restaurant job growth is expected to be choppy in the months ahead, following the initial bounce of 3 million jobs in May and June.

August 6, 2020
Focus on nutrition helps define core values, builds consumer trust

Pandemic has pushed health and nutrition to center stage of restaurants’ social responsibility platforms.

August 5, 2020
6 best practices for restaurant delivery, especially during coronavirus

There’s a lot restaurateurs can do to make the order-handoff to drivers go smoothly and safely.

July 31, 2020
Health inspections may look different in the wake of COVID-19

Trained to prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses, inspectors look to ensure restaurants comply with guidelines to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, as well.

July 31, 2020
New resource tracks COVID-19 Liability Protections for good-faith businesses

Worried about someone getting infected and suing your restaurant when you’ve taken reasonable steps to comply with ever-changing guidelines? Keep up with the legislation.

July 29, 2020
Healthful ingredients may help support immunity during COVID-19 and beyond

Social distancing, hand washing, and wearing a mask prevent contracting and spreading the disease, but healthy foods can also support and improve overall health.

July 23, 2020
Access to ingredient info matters, especially if menus change during COVID-19

Tweaking menus during COVID-19? Customers with allergies are counting on ingredient list transparency and accuracy.

July 20, 2020
Alcohol to go might be magic potion for struggling restaurants

Expanded regulations allowing the sale could help juice up revenues lost during the pandemic.

July 20, 2020
Reopening design strategies: Rebuild trust through visibility

While people are eager to visit restaurants again, many are concerned about COVID-19 exposure; building their trust will rebuild your business.

July 16, 2020
Restaurant sales hit a pandemic high in June, but were far below normal

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales reached an estimated $145 billion during the first four months of the pandemic.

July 16, 2020
#RestaurantsAreHere supports social justice and the Black community

Even as they struggle with the pandemic, operators are donating food, hosting conversations, and supporting just causes during this critical time.

July 14, 2020
Your employee tested positive for COVID-19. Now what?

The Association’s Restaurant Law Center offers guidance on what to do next.

July 13, 2020
Once a problem, protein shortages are no longer an issue

The supply chain faced challenges at the outset of the coronavirus outbreak, but experts say production is now nearly back to normal.

July 10, 2020
Reopening design strategies: Managing the BOH and receiving

If you’re welcoming customers back to dine in, you’ll want to add supply receiving and other back-of-house protocols to your coronavirus safety arsenal.

July 8, 2020
How to stay health-care compliant as a small business

Learn to avoid the practices that can get you fined.

July 7, 2020
Plant-based meats create a paradigm shift for consumers

Plant-based meat selections appeal to meat eaters in a way traditional vegetarian substitutions haven’t.

July 7, 2020
Master checklist helps Blazing Onion manage restaurant reopenings

Formed over time and assembled from multiple resources, detailed checklist covers a full gamut of reopening to-do tasks.

July 2, 2020
Join the ServSafe Dining Commitment

Restaurants follow safe food handling protocols as a matter of course, but new practices are called for to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Now you can show how you’re actively reducing risk.

July 2, 2020
Restaurants added 1.5 million jobs for the second consecutive month

The impressive two-month employment bounce only marks the beginning of a long climb back to pre-coronavirus staffing levels.

July 1, 2020
In the COVID-19 dining landscape, restaurants learn how to survive

Operators who emphasize personal safety and ramp up technology are the ones who will attract consumers who want to dine at restaurants again.

June 30, 2020
Healthier dining habits drive menu innovation

In this first of a five-part nutrition series, we look at the impact of plant-forward additions to restaurant menus

June 26, 2020
What customers should expect when dining in

Operators will have to help customers navigate a new set of ground rules as they return to restaurants.

June 24, 2020
Wondering which reopening regulations apply and where? The Association tracks them for you.

The National Restaurant Association is compiling regularly updated lists of reopening regulations, food-safety training reopening regs, mask requirements, and state off-premises alcohol permissions.

June 24, 2020
Casual-dining CEOs talk lessons learned from COVID-19, look to the future

Conversation covered everything from PPP to real estate, supply chain and opening grocery stores in restaurants. What’s working, and what’s next?

June 22, 2020
Use your membership benefit to shop the new Reopening Marketplace

The Reopening Marketplace is a new addition to the National Restaurant Association’s Marketplace member affinity program.

June 19, 2020
Best practices for welcoming your staff back to your restaurant

Equipment, training, schedule flexibility are keys to ensuring they feel comfortable serving guests on site again.

June 19, 2020
Restaurant employment rose in all 50 states and DC in May

While the May job growth is a positive sign, it only marks the beginning of a painfully long road to recovery for the restaurant industry.

June 17, 2020
Reopening design strategies: Keeping staff safe

Reassuring your staff that you’re taking safety precautions will encourage them to return to work and demonstrate confidence to customers.

June 16, 2020
Restaurant sales remain well below normal levels, despite May uptick

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales likely surpassed $120 billion during the first three months of the pandemic.

June 16, 2020
In the hardest times, philanthropy thrives in restaurants

In communities across the country, restaurants unite against the challenges of coronavirus, focusing their efforts on helping each other in new and creative ways.

June 12, 2020
Design strategies for restaurants reopening during the pandemic

As restaurants reopen, our upcoming series will help you consider strategies and design hacks to minimize risk to employees, guests and food.

June 12, 2020
Coronavirus continues to devastate restaurant industry, new research finds

New survey indicates operators don’t expect to profit in foreseeable future; many who permanently closed businesses say they’ll likely exit industry for good.

June 10, 2020
What the new Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act means for you

The legislation signed last week is good news for the restaurant industry, fixing some of the problems with the Paycheck Protection Program.

June 9, 2020
Get the word out your restaurant is OPEN for business

In addition to ensuring the well-being of guests and staff, you’ve got to let customers know you’re open and that it’s safe to dine with you.

June 9, 2020
6 ways menus may change due to coronavirus

As businesses reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants are quickly adapting menus to serve diners and protect public health.

June 5, 2020
Restaurant employment is starting to rebound from the historic losses

Although restaurants added 1.4 million jobs in May, their staffing levels remain down more than any other industry.

June 3, 2020
Coronavirus cybercrime can attack your restaurant system, too

Security experts advise vigilance and extra authentication to prevent cybercriminals from causing data breaches.

June 2, 2020
Restaurant operators do not anticipate a rapid improvement in business

Sales, employment and capital spending levels are expected to remain dampened through the end of the year.