Social Distancing With Dummies?

On-premise dining is going to look and feel a lot different as restaurants start to reopen under the coronavirus pandemic, from the waitstaff wearing masks and gloves to the constant cleaning and disinfection that has to take place to the reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. The social distancing may be the hardest thing to get used to—who wants to eat in a nearly empty restaurant? The whole point of going out of your…

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The Potential New Normal For Restaurants

As more states show progress in the fight against the coronavirus, restaurants and other food and beverage venues are examining what a post-COVID-19 world might entail. Will desperate patrons tired of shelter-in-place orders be able to again frequent the dining rooms of their favorite local restaurants? And assuming patrons are willing to return, what sanitation protocols will restaurants be required to implement? Or perhaps most fundamentally, will there ever be a return to “normal”? Restaurateurs…

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On-trade reopening needs ‘phased approach’

Trade body UK Hospitality is urging the government to follow a six-point plan to help businesses reopen following the coronavirus pandemic, or risk the loss of one million jobs. UK Hospitality warned that one million jobs could be lost due to an extended period of social distancing unless a number of measures are implemented to support the hospitality sector. On Monday (21 April), UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls gave evidence at the House of…

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Irish bars and pubs close over ‘reckless behaviour’

Pubs and bars across Ireland have been ordered to close until at least 29 March due to “reckless behaviour” as consumers failed to adhere to social distancing guidelines put in place due to coronavirus. Following discussions between the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI), the Irish government called on bars, pubs and hotel bars to close their doors last night (15 March) until the end of the month. According to…

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