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

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. 

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

 

Recovery Blueprint

Recovery Icon Based on devastating revenue losses related to government-ordered closures, economic realities, and projections, the restaurant industry’s survival is dependent on a targeted federal government response. An unprecedented crisis of this scale requires a targeted relief plan for the nation’s second-largest, private sector employer. Read the Association’s Restaurant Industry Blueprint for Recovery here.

 

 

 

Reopening News Articles

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

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
Design Strategies Part 2: 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.