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Coronavirus

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


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Cities roll back restaurant vaccine mandates as omicron sputters

Chicago, New York, Seattle and a number of other jurisdictions are modifying the safety protocols. But masks are not disappearing.

Target Drops Mask Requirement

As local laws allow, team members and customers will no longer be required to wear face masks in-stores, the Minneapolis-based retailer said in an update to its COVID-19 policy.

Employers are also finding that more hours are needed because new hires aren't as efficient.

The importance of focusing on core capabilities to stay relevant and engage shoppers

Those who have received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine no longer have to wear a mask on the job.

Workers are now entitled to up to 80 hours of pay while they nurse themselves or a family member back from a case of COVID-19.

As omicron ebbs, the industry is leaning on governments to end some emergency measures and make others permanent.

Gov. Wolf says $225 million of $1.7 billion in funding from the federal government should go to restaurants and other enterprises with less than $1 million in pre-pandemic revenues.

Express Mart makes meeting neighbors’ needs a rallying cry

The CEO of Chili’s and Maggiano’s leaned on a lifetime of restaurant experience to weather a challenge no one was prepared for, creating a new blueprint for growth in the process.

Agency withdraws emergency rule for employers, but still seeking permanent standard

The group found that nearly half the nation's restaurants believe they won't survive the pandemic without direct financial aid from Washington.

Why the struggle to find qualified labor will remain long after the pandemic: Kramer

Sweet & Sour: Nancy Kruse and Peter Romeo look at the oft-voiced theory that the pandemic has shifted the focus of restaurant customers and operators to the convenience of takeout and delivery. Neither one is buying it. Some axe throwing and a drink, anyone?

"Those that are still out there on the front lines have earned the added pay," Robert McDonough of Redner’s says.

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OSHA does not have the power to broadly regulate public health, SCOTUS majority opinion says

The ruling will "help ensure the food industry is able to continue meeting our customers’ needs as efficiently and effectively as possible amid the ongoing supply chain and labor disruptions," FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin said.

While the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates, the state is mandating compliance, starting Feb. 24.

Reality Check: And—surprise, surprise—some of them are good news for an industry that’s taken its lumps.

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