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. More than 8 million restaurant employees were laid off or furloughed, and the industry lost $280 billion in sales during the first 13 months of the pandemic. 

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 Industry State Vaccine Tracker

Recovery IconGet your workforce vaccinated promptly. This tracker provides the most up-to-date information about how to get the vaccine in each state, the current distribution phase when restaurant workers are eligible to receive the vaccine, and employer responsibilities, if applicable.




COVID-19 Operating Guidance for Restaurants

Open IconFor restaurant operators navigating on- and off-premises service during the pandemic, this updated guidance provides science-based direction, a framework for best practices, and quick access to the most updated links and resources available to help mitigate exposure to the COVID-19 virus during operation. It includes the most recent information from the Association, CDC, FDA, EPA, OSHA, industry and academia.




State by State Reopening Guidance

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State/Federal Guidance for the WARN Act: The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires companies with 100 or more full-time employees to report plant closings involving 50 or more employees during a 30-day period. Restaurant and retail owners may not realize that a WARN notice also is triggered if employees are terminated or laid off for more than 6 months or if they have their hours reduced 50% or more in any 6-month period. These two documents, one for the federal requirements and one outlining state-specific requirements, will help you navigate the WARN Act and its state offshoots.

State 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.

What can operators do when guests refuse to wear face coverings? The Association’s Restaurant Law Center provides information in this handy Q&A.
The Association’s Restaurant Law Center shares ways operators can handle screening employees for COVID-19, face-covering mandates, and sending them home if they present symptoms, all in a Q&A format.

State/Local Face Covering & Health Screening Requirements 
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


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 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.


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

May 7, 2021
Restaurants added 187k jobs in April

More than 8 in 10 restaurant operators say their staffing levels are lower than what they would normally be in the absence of COVID-19.

May 5, 2021
Darden leaders Otis and Lee talk state of industry employment

The casual dining chain’s former and current CEOs share thoughts on how restaurants can attract more talent.

May 4, 2021
POS partners help generate required reports for RRF grant applications

Good news for restaurant owners hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic: Relief funds just for small hospitality businesses.

May 2, 2021
ERTC for small business expanded to include all of 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act extends the Employee Retention Tax Credit to Dec. 31.

April 30, 2021
Rachael Ray Foundation grants boost ProStart culinary programs

Culinary icon’s charitable arm donates $135K to 27 schools across the country.

April 28, 2021
How to apply for a Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant

Our new step-by-step resource guides you through the application process.

April 27, 2021
Keep those safety measures going as you reopen

Patrick Guzzle, VP of Food Science and Industry, talks about vaccines, safety protocols, and the importance of handwashing.

April 22, 2021
On Earth Day, a look at local sourcing during the pandemic

Industry experts look at sustainability and sourcing more than a year since COVID-19’s onset.

April 21, 2021
A motherlode of Mother’s Day dining ideas

With necessity the mother of invention, eateries find creative ways to celebrate May 9.

April 20, 2021
Association looks ahead to industry’s recovery

Public Affairs conference focuses on how bipartisanship in the House and Senate could help business.

April 19, 2021
Innovating during the pandemic: Perfecting the pizza play

COVID-19 impacts two Chicago pizzerias’ approaches to menu and operation generating changes good enough to keep.

April 16, 2021
49 states and DC added restaurant jobs in March

Despite the broad-based gains, restaurant employment remains below pre-pandemic levels in every state.

April 15, 2021
Restaurant sales rose sharply in March

Warmer weather and additional stimulus payments bolstered consumer spending in restaurants.

April 15, 2021
Brands talk pandemic’s impact on foodservice packaging

Execs from Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Taco Bell, and KFC discuss supply challenges, and the return of sustainability practices.

April 8, 2021
Innovating during the pandemic: Cracker Barrel, tradition transformed

Homestyle cooking and comfort food thrives off-premises, while updated technology makes ordering seamless.

April 7, 2021
New ServSafe tool tracks alcohol-to-go status in your state

In some instances, alcohol-to-go means beer and wine delivery only, but could also include liquor delivery, and may or may not include cocktails.

April 7, 2021
Association, SmartBrief announce innovation awards recipients

Check out these new products in the areas of sustainability, technology, and safety and health.

April 2, 2021
Innovating during a pandemic: Shari’s taps today’s trends

Shari’s boosted sales through outdoor dining, emphasis on comfort, plus a virtual burger brand and pie-of-the-month program.

April 2, 2021
Restaurant employment rose for the third consecutive month

Despite the recent gains, eating and drinking places are still 1.8 million jobs below their pre-pandemic employment level.

April 1, 2021
RRF grant applications won’t require a DUNS number

The National Restaurant Association asked the SBA to streamline the process to prevent administrative complexity.

March 31, 2021
Join us for the 35th annual Public Affairs Conference

This year’s theme focuses on uniting our industry’s voices, especially in the throes of the pandemic.

March 29, 2021
Women restaurant executives impact profitability, efficiency, culture

Women, increasingly taking on ownership and leadership of restaurant businesses, are finding the “suite” spots where their skills shine.

March 26, 2021
My best idea: Operators share their pandemic innovations

Operators found clever ways to survive last year, and their actions confirm 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry trend data.

March 26, 2021
Restaurant jobs remain below pre-pandemic levels in every state and DC

While 43 states and DC saw gains in February, restaurant employment remains below pre-pandemic levels across the nation.

March 26, 2021
2021 Economic Outlook: Bolstered by additional fiscal stimulus

Even though the economy is projected to grow at a rate not seen in nearly four decades, it is not yet time to sound the all-clear.

March 23, 2021
How tech helps restaurants prep for the future

As customers dine in restaurants again, tech solutions will influence their sense of safety, enhance convenience.

March 19, 2021
A look back at consumers’ restaurant usage during the past year

More people are using restaurants for off-premises foodservice options, but on-premises patronage is still well below pre-pandemic levels.

March 18, 2021
Women owners dish on business savvy, savings, and service

Franchisees for Domino’s, Chick-fil-A, and McDonald’s share their stories and advice for other female business owners.

March 17, 2021
In a crunch for Easter brunch ideas?

Check out what restaurants around the country are planning to attract Easter diners choosing to dine on- and off-premises this year.

March 17, 2021
Consumers want to keep ‘streeteries’ in place beyond the pandemic

The vast majority of consumers favor allowing restaurants to expand outdoor seating on a permanent basis.

March 16, 2021
Restaurant sales pulled back from a healthy January

The shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales totaled $270 billion during the first 12 months of the pandemic.

March 15, 2021
Forty states and DC lost restaurant jobs in January

Restaurant employment remains below pre-pandemic levels in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

March 11, 2021
Association advocacy nets dedicated dollars for restaurants

$1.9 trillion pandemic aid package contains $28.6 billion in direct aid to restaurants.

March 11, 2021
Nimbus Kitchen owners are clear-eyed about success

Two Gen Y women entrepreneurs are defining the next wave of ghost kitchen operations.

March 11, 2021
Women-owned Villa Rosa Pizza Kitchen finds what works in pandemic

Operation’s biggest changes: more delivery, ordering in bulk, and kicking up communication.

March 9, 2021
Women get ready to kick-start the industry

Following one tough year, the industry honors Women’s History Month and assesses what the post-COVID-19 future holds.

March 8, 2021
Enterprise gives its employees $100 to spend at local restaurants

The company rewarded its 80,000 employees, and injected $8 million into the global small business and restaurant industry.

March 5, 2021
Taking advantage of tech in the move to off-premises

Operators at our IT half-day event talk about embracing technology to survive the pandemic, and the unforeseen silver linings encountered in the process.

March 5, 2021
Restaurants added nearly 300k jobs in February

The shortfall in restaurant employment from pre-pandemic levels is nearly three times larger than the next closest industry.

March 2, 2021
Deadline extended for SmartBrief Innovation Award nominations

Help us find the best products and services in technology, safety and health solutions, and sustainability.

March 1, 2021
Seven principles guide public policy for third-party delivery

Best practices frame relationship between restaurants and third-party delivery companies.

February 26, 2021
Williams Chicken CFO talks about leadership at Black-owned businesses

During the Texas deep freeze, CFO Tim Williams helped those in need, and participated in an MFHA Black History Month webinar.

February 25, 2021
What will Biden Administration policy mean for restaurants?

Association policy team sees opportunities related to immigration reform and infrastructure improvements.

February 23, 2021
New tax credit rule can gain you up to $19K per restaurant employee

Stan Harris, LRA president and CEO, weighs in on the tax law changes that could provide restaurants with big credits.

February 22, 2021
Restaurant operators do not expect a rapid return to normal

Six in 10 operators think it will be at least 7 months before business conditions return to normal for their restaurant.

February 19, 2021
Off-premises sales not enough to offset lost on-premises business

While many restaurants saw off-premises sales rise during the pandemic, it wasn’t enough to make up for their lost on-premises business.

February 17, 2021
Restaurants home in on homebound customers

More adults are watching TV and gaming than before the pandemic. Restaurants are tapping the trend in clever ways.

February 17, 2021
Restaurant sales rose for the first time in four months

January’s gain was a step in the right direction, but monthly sales remain nearly $11 billion below their pre-coronavirus levels.

February 11, 2021
Innovating during the pandemic: BBQ Pit’s evolving blueprint

Open since 1978, The BBQ Pit has withstood its share of challenges, but COVID-19 was in a different league.

February 11, 2021
Black franchisees offer financing advice to new operators

BWW’s Karim Webb and IHOP’s Adenah Bayoh share lessons learned to help other minority-owned businesses

February 5, 2021
Legal issues can impact a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy

There are some things you should know before you insist that all your employees get vaccinated.

February 5, 2021
Restaurant employment fell for the third consecutive month

This increases the likelihood that the restaurant industry’s employment recovery will be measured in years and not months.

February 4, 2021
Restaurants find fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Move over COVID-19, Cupid-2021 is around the corner. Restaurants are offering creative options to draw customers this holiday.

February 3, 2021
As Black History Month begins, industry celebrates MFHA’s 25th anniversary

Founder Gerry Fernandez looks back on the organization’s beginnings, sets course for its next chapter

February 3, 2021
Big tax credits to restaurants could support employee retention

Did you know a new law signed in December might mean your operation is eligible for an employee retention tax credit?

January 26, 2021
Forty-two states lost restaurant jobs in December

Vermont, Michigan and Minnesota have the largest deficits from their pre-coronavirus employment levels.

January 25, 2021
State of the Restaurant Industry report measures virus' impact on business

New research looks at how restaurants and consumers were changed by the events of 2020 and the year of transition ahead.

January 20, 2021
Lucky Danger: Heritage shapes menu, the times shape service

Winning menu and off-premises focus sets up transformed concept for success now and in the future.

January 19, 2021
Is now the right time to ditch your old point of sale for something new?

The coronavirus altered business for everyone. Use every tool at your disposal to succeed in the new environment.

January 15, 2021
Restaurant sales fell to their lowest level since June

Restaurant sales declined for the third consecutive month in December, with total industry sales losses reaching $240 billion in 2020.

January 14, 2021
8 things you need to know about 2nd round PPP loans

Payroll Protection Program loans are back; application process is streamlined for smaller loans and expenses covered are tax deductible.

January 13, 2021
Successful campaign puts change on the menu

Educational Foundation fundraiser collected more than $850K to help restaurant workers hurt by the pandemic restart their careers.

January 11, 2021
Looking back to move forward: Association shares top 10 trends for 2021

After the devastation of 2020, we assess the state of our industry and offer a sampling of trends shaping businesses this year.

January 8, 2021
Nearly 400k restaurant jobs were lost in December

Eating and drinking places finished 2020 nearly 2.5 million jobs (or 20%) below their pre-coronavirus employment level.

January 6, 2021
Innovating in a pandemic: Aussie Grill builds with off-premises in mind

Bloomin’ Brands newest concept has a menu that’s set to-go from the get-go.

December 23, 2020
Tourism-related spending in restaurants fell sharply in recent months

The percent of restaurant sales coming from travelers and visitors is less than half of what it was before COVID-19.

December 22, 2020
Thirty-six states lost restaurant jobs in November

Restaurant employment in 47 states and the District of Columbia remained below February’s pre-coronavirus level.

December 16, 2020
Join the campaigns to sell more restaurant gift cards

Consumers say they plan to give gift cards as holiday presents. That’s good news for restaurants still struggling during the pandemic.

December 16, 2020
Restaurant sales fell for the second consecutive month

Restaurant sales plunged 4% in November, and a majority of operators expect business conditions to worsen during the winter months.

December 15, 2020
Financial strategies for staying afloat during the pandemic

Finding good solutions to bad problems requires a strong team equipped with the right tech tools.

December 14, 2020
Finding the ghost kitchen model that’s right for your business

Nothing proves the industry’s innovation better than the rise of myriad off-premises-only dining models.

December 14, 2020
Updated COVID-19 Guidance includes indoor air-quality best practices

Document’s December update incorporates the latest recommendations from leading health and safety authorities.

December 9, 2020
Association ramps up efforts to get Congress to aid restaurants

Seeks Congressional leadership’s help to pass COVID-19 restaurant relief legislation as industry faces record closures during pandemic.

December 8, 2020
Innovating during the pandemic: Opening Kasama with passion and grit

Chef-owners open during COVID-19, adapting menu, space and service to succeed in a pandemic environment.

December 4, 2020
The restaurant industry employment recovery stalled in November

As business conditions continue to deteriorate, the likelihood of additional restaurant staffing reductions is rising.

December 3, 2020
Advocacy & policy chief previews 2021 restaurant industry roadmap

Association’s Sean Kennedy shares his views on what the first year of the new administration could look like for the restaurant industry.

December 1, 2020
It’s Giving Tuesday, and restaurants are set to give and receive

Despite being in need themselves, restaurants continue to find ways to give.

November 23, 2020
Innovating During a Pandemic: Taco Bell Doubles Down on Core Commitments

QSR chain shares how it rolled out enhanced safety for team members on the front line and increased its customer connection.

November 20, 2020
Restaurant jobs remain below pre-pandemic levels in 46 states and DC

Hawaii, Vermont and the District of Columbia have the largest deficits from their pre-coronavirus employment levels.

November 18, 2020
How to boost morale while lowering stress this holiday season

The first step in helping your team handle stress this holiday? Actively listening so they know they’re heard.

November 17, 2020
Restaurant sales recovery stalled in October

Restaurant sales declined for the first time since the spring lockdowns, with total pandemic losses reaching $215 billion through October.

November 16, 2020
Lending program threshold lowered to help small business

The Federal Reserve Bank lowered the minimum loan amount in its Main Street Lending Program to $100,000.

November 6, 2020
The restaurant industry employment recovery slowed in recent months

Restaurants added jobs for the sixth consecutive month in October, but industry employment remained 2.1 million below pre-coronavirus levels.

November 5, 2020
Gobble up great ideas for Thanksgiving to-go

Specialized meal kits and full restaurant-prepared dinners can spruce up sales during the holiday.

November 4, 2020
Consumers are expected to continue using takeout and delivery

Consumers increased their usage of takeout and delivery during the pandemic, and this trend will likely continue during the winter months.

November 4, 2020
Consumers signal a willingness to maintain their on-premises frequency

Winter is coming – but it may not lead to a decline in on-premises dining, according to new Association research.

October 29, 2020
Black execs talk about racial equity in America

Seven industry executives, all of whom have experienced racism, discuss the challenges they’ve faced, and the successes they’ve experienced.

October 29, 2020
Innovating in a pandemic: Cooper’s Hawk turns virtual into reality

Club members get an invite and a meal kit to virtually join the chefs’ table for dinner

October 26, 2020
What will your city be like without restaurants? Mayors weigh in

Mayors from cities around the country joined Association policy chief Sean Kennedy to talk about impact and advocacy efforts to help the restaurant industry.

October 21, 2020
Innovating during a pandemic: Chipotle connects with customers

Chain uses food, technology to fulfill precise delivery needs and tempt appetites.

October 21, 2020
Download our latest COVID-19 Operating Guidance

This brand-new edition includes updates on mask and glove use, protocols for coronavirus-positive employees, and ventilation best practices.

October 20, 2020
Thirty-two states lost restaurant jobs in September

Restaurant employment in 47 states and the District of Columbia remained below February’s pre-coronavirus level.

October 16, 2020
How will the election affect your business?

The Restaurant Law Center looked into a crystal ball to see how election results might impact the restaurant industry.

October 16, 2020
Restaurant sales growth slowed significantly in September

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales topped $200 billion during the first seven months of the pandemic.

October 14, 2020
Association CEO addresses industry recovery in 2021

Tom Bené outlines the plans and programs on tap to assist restaurants devastated by COVID-19.

October 14, 2020
New normal inspires new innovations in restaurant industry

Tech adopters, active safety managers, and creative thinkers prove there are ways to push through the pandemic.

October 7, 2020
Café Momentum powers up for life mid-pandemic

Closed for six months, the nonprofit restaurant and training facility prepares its student staffers for what comes next.

October 5, 2020
Intro to Digital Security 101: How to protect your restaurant’s data

Protect your operation so you’re less susceptible to data breaches and other cybercriminal activity. Preventive measures make a difference.

October 2, 2020
Cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, what’s the difference?

We’ve heard these words a lot these past few months. But what’s the difference, and why is it important your staff knows the distinction between them?

October 2, 2020
Restaurant employment still 2.3 million below pre-coronavirus levels

After an initial hiring surge in the aftermath of the coronavirus lockdowns, restaurant job growth slowed significantly in recent months.

September 29, 2020
Innovating menus during a pandemic: Comfort drives creativity at Wendy’s

The vice president of culinary for Wendy’s U.S. explains what menu innovation means to Wendy’s during COVID-19.

September 29, 2020
National Food Safety Month Week 5: COVID-19 procedures to follow

Guests want to know restaurants are being extra careful when preparing food and keeping the kitchen clean and sanitized during the pandemic.

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 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?

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 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 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.