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Restaurants With Closed Dining Rooms Win Clearance For Outdoor Seating
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May 29, 2020 via Restaurant Business

Jurisdictions that have yet to allow the reopening of restaurant dining rooms are bowing to pressure for outdoor seating to be okayed as an alternative way of providing on-premise service—an option consumers perceive as far safer than eating inside.

Thursday alone, outdoor restaurant dining was given the green light in San Francisco, Chicago and North Carolina—in the latter instance, in direct contradiction to a standing executive order from Gov. Roy Cooper. Under the bill passed by both chambers of the state legislature, restaurants there will be able to provide outdoor seating for 100 people or 50% of their dining room capacities, whichever is lower.'s ConvergeBlog
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Face Mask Policy Leads To COVID-19 Lawsuit Against Texas Restaurant

May 28, 2020 via ConvergeBlog
As the nation gets back to business under COVID-19’s "new normal," workplace lawsuits stemming from COVID-19-related safety concerns are also part of the new normal. How can your business avoid similar claims from your employees as you open back up?
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Fisher Phillips State-by-State Restaurant Guide to Reopening

May 9, 2020 via ConvergeBlog - Updated May 24, 2020

As states start reopening businesses, it is vital to know the applicable rules that apply to your location or locations. Whether you operate a single location or are a multi-unit operator, compliance will include assessing business operations, bringing employees back to work, and ensuring a safe operation for customers and employees.
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The Potential New Normal For Restaurants

May 12, 2020 via Cheers

Looking at those countries that have started implementing mandatory sanitation protocols for restaurants and other businesses seeking to reopen, and those global hospitality industry members that have elected to self-impose improved sanitation protocols and practices to provide guests and patrons the confidence needed to venture out again, we start to see some re-occurring themes.
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Does Restaurant Business Insurance Cover COVID-19 Claims?
May 20, 2020 via FSR Magazine

As COVID-19 ravages our country and the world, perhaps no sector in the U.S. has suffered more than the restaurant industry. Government orders have effectively closed restaurants for all purposes except, in many states, pickup or delivery. While there is talk of "opening up" the economy, and while some states are taking measures to begin doing so, it’s unclear whether the public-at-large is ready to dine out anytime soon.

For some restaurants, help may be on the way in the form of business interruption insurance. This insurance is typically included in a restaurant’s property insurance package, and kicks in when there has been physical loss or damage to property.

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