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Industries all across the country are experiencing the disruptive impact of the COVID-19. Discover how it could affect the U.S. foodservice, grocery and convenience industries.

Consumer Trends

Casual dining roars back, but will the upswing continue?

The segment's strong April is attributed to both short-term and long-term factors, with plenty of uncertainty sprinkled in.


Vaccinated restaurant guests no longer need masks, CDC decides

Nor do they need to keep six feet apart from other patrons, according to the updated safety guidelines.

With vaccinations climbing and restrictions easing, normal conditions--sales levels included--are returning at numerous restaurant chains.

Initial grants averaged $125,000, draining the fund by about 7%. Industry officials have voiced fears that the pool will run dry in a matter of weeks.

A federal judged ruled that losses as well as damages could be covered by a business-interruption policy.

Two-thirds of the chain's restaurants can't find enough workers to stay open all night, hurting its sales recovery in the process.

The $29 billion fund already has 186,200 applicants in just two days. About half the requests have come from operators believed to be most in need, the White House says.

Diners who buy food at participating locations can also get a free beverage between May 19 and June 1 if they show proof of inoculation.

The move coincides with an end of restrictions in New Jersey and Connecticut. A nightly curfew will continue until May 31.

National Restaurant Association officials say the pool could run dry before many companies can get aid. And not every type of restaurant will even be considered for another 21 days.

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