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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.


Time Edges Out COVID Concerns for Buying Groceries Online

Customer survey by e-commerce provider Rosie further finds that 80% of shoppers plan to continue placing grocery orders online at the same rate or more in the coming 12 months.

C-Store Industry Groups Join Forces Over Mask Mandate Enforcement

Associations reiterate that burden should not be placed on businesses, employees

The diner chain saw a 22-point comp sales gap between 24-hour units and stores that couldn't field an overnight staff.

The requirement, the first of its kind in the nation, takes effect Sept. 13. Other cities are considering similar measures.

The recent flurry of earnings reports shows a sector enjoying a clear boom. The question is, will it last?

While requiring other businesses to mandate proof, Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged restaurants and bars to act now voluntarily, before vaccination passports could be required.

Louisiana and much of northern California, including San Francisco and Berkeley, are now mandating that customers wear face coverings again.

As the coronavirus surges once again, workers could avoid going back to the office, delaying an already uncertain future for urban restaurants, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Starbucks will have employees wear masks in company-owned stores as retailers take more aggressive action on masks.

Effective Aug. 3, Target will require masks for team members in areas of substantial or high COVID-19 transmission as defined by the CDC.

"We know vaccinations are our solution to drive change," the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer—the country's largest private employer—stated in a memo to staff.

Restaurants and other small businesses would be reimbursed for paying workers who need time off to have their families vaccinated.

The casual chain reserved $1.8 million from its second-quarter earnings to cover the cost of throwing away unsold suds.

Qualifying restaurants will be granted a $5,000 tax credit, payable ahead of their tax filing, for every net new position they add.

Center recommends fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings

The streamlined web portal, which goes live on Aug. 4, is limited to borrowers of $150,000 or less.

Its recommendation applies to the vaccinated as well as those who've opted not to be inoculated.

Mayor de Blasio says proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test should be “seriously considered” as a requirement for dining onsite. In the meantime, he’s urging restaurants to adopt a mandate voluntarily.

RB editors give their views on the latest surge of coronavirus infections and its potential to limit the restaurant industry’s recovery.

With COVID infections rising again because of the Delta variant, some areas are already asking eateries to voluntarily require face coverings.

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