Reopening & Recovery

Guidance and information for restaurants looking to safely reopen.

The restaurant industry, more than any other industry in the nation, has suffered the most significant sales and job losses since the COVID-19 outbreak began. So far, more than 8 million restaurant employees have been laid off or furloughed, and the industry will have lost $120 billion in sales by the end of May. 

There is a lot of work in front of the industry. Restaurant operators will need information, guidance, and community to be successful. To help operators navigate the new dining landscape, we’ve created guidance on how to reopen your restaurant. To ensure the future of the restaurant industry we’ve outlined a recovery blueprint for government officials.

 

Restaurant Reopening Guide

Open Icon For restaurant operators getting ready to reopen the purpose of this guidance is just that, to offer you direction and provide a framework for best practices as you reopen. This guidance is designed to provide you with a basic summary of recommended practices that can be used to help mitigate exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

 

 

 

Reopening Guidance for the Restaurant Industry Webinar

Webinar IconWith states reopening in different phases and with differing requirements, this webinar will share updated guidance as well as ideas of how to navigate various rules and requirements.

This webinar is designed in partnership with public health officials to provide you with a basic summary of recommended practices that can be used to help mitigate exposure to the COVID-19 virus, including:

  • Food safety
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Employee health monitoring and personal hygiene
  • Social distancing

This webinar is designed as an information session for individuals working in the foodservice industry. It is not ServSafe Certification training. Please visit ServSafe.com for information on ServSafe training.

 

Reopening Marketplace

Open Icon The Reopening Marketplace is a new addition to the National Restaurant Association’s Marketplace member affinity program. As with Marketplace, the site offers members a selection of important products and services geared to reopening safely and priced at an exclusive, member-only advantage. This select group of products and services helps advance and protect America's restaurant and foodservice industry as it returns to full service.

You’ll find exclusive discounts on everything you need to reopen safely.

 

State by State Reopening Guidance

States IconState Reopening Training & Certification Requirements/Recommendations 
This document, updated regularly, covers all training and certification requiremen ts for restaurants by state as each enters new reopening phases. It also covers any state food protection manager and food handler certificate expiration extensions and required recertification deadlines.

Official Return to Work Guidelines for Foodservice Establishments
A comprehensive compilation tracking official orders from all 50 states in categories including dine in status (permitted or not), employee and customer PPE/health check requirements, sanitation requirements, occupancy limits, payment process changes, and local exceptions.

COVID-19 Liability Protection Statutes by State
The National Restaurant Association Restaurant Law Center has assembled a state-by-state guide that covers where COVID-19 liability protection legislation stands in states where it’s been discussed, proposed or passed. It will update as new information comes in.

Indoor Dining Restrictions by State 
A summary of information from the more extensive Official Return to Work Guidelines for Foodservice Establishments, this regularly updated document lists which states permit indoor dining, occupancy rates allowed, and any restrictions that apply.

City & County Face Covering Mandates 
The National Restaurant Association is updating a compiled list of City & County Face Covering requirements and recommendations in real time. 

Guidance for Restaurants Responding to COVID-19 Positive Employee 
Strategies employers could consider in preparation for a potential COVID-19 positive employee. Note, this document provides general guidance and should not be construed as legal, medical or human resource advice, but rather as a resource for employers needing to take quick action. The electronic version of this document contains the relevant links, as of June 24, 2020, to the CDC, OSHA, EPA, and EEOC pages.

Expansion of Restaurant Off-Premise Alcohol Sales 
During COVID-19, many state and local governments expanded the ability of restaurants to sell alcohol for off-premise consumption (to-go and delivery).  As many of these regulations are being extended, the National Restaurant Association team will be tracking them with this resource.

For more state and local resources visit RestaurantsAct.com

 

Blueprint for Restaurant Revival

Recovery IconThe "Blueprint for Restaurant Revival" outlines specific and immediate action the federal government can take to help restaurants and employees confront and overcome the lingering COVID-19 crisis. The National Restaurant Association Blueprint for Restaurant Revival will help restaurants of every size and operational model in every community across the country—an industry that pre-COVID counted over one million locations—and more than 15.6 million employees, the second-largest private sector employer.

 

 

Reopening News Articles

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 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 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
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?