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Operations

Darden provides a glimpse of COVID’s impact

The parent of Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse detailed how it has changed operations to temper the wallop, and warned of the potential damage if the situation worsens.

Operations

Relief bill extends paid sick leave to a large portion of restaurant employees

The aid for employees sickened with COVID-19 will be required of all businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Enterprises with 50 or fewer workers on the payroll can ask for a waiver.

In a letter requesting $145 billion in direct aid to eating and drinking places, the Association said 5-7 million industry jobs could be lost.

Marriott expects to furlough tens of thousands of property-level employees, and the tally of industrywide job eliminations could top 4 million near term, said the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

The industry's food haulers say they lack the cash flow and capital to keep supplying restaurants and noncommercial customers.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says measures will allow closed restaurants to continue paying their employees. Loans and direct payments to consumers would be part of a $1 trillion relief package.

Illinois and New York have OK'd sales for off-premise, and New York and Ohio have permitted returns of unused St. Patrick’s stockpiles.

After holding conversations with quick-service CEOs, the White House also disclosed that it plans to send cash to consumers to stoke spending. A small-business relief package is also in the works.

With some operators calling it a “bait and switch,” the third-party delivery provider is offering up new details on its repayment guidelines for restaurants.

The shutdowns could cost 1 million jobs, according to the association.

The president and health officials also called on citizens to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, at home as well as outside.

A requirement that citizens be home by a certain hour could be an alternative to forcing restaurants to close or discontinue dine-in service.

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