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Coronavirus Preparedness for Restaurants

Posted By Lisa Graham, Monday, March 9, 2020


What is 2019-nCoV Coronavirus?
2019-nCoV (Coronavirus) is virus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory illness. It was first detected in Wuhan, China. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Typically, respiratory viruses are most contagious when an individual is most symptomatic, but there have been reports of the virus spreading when the affected individual does not show any symptoms.

To ensure that restaurants have the latest information about coronavirus, NRA createdindustry-specific guidance for owners and operators.

How are restaurants responding?
The foodservice industry follows strict local public health guidelines. To meet these guidelines, restaurants have safety protocols and best practices in place, including guidance fromServSafe. Owners and operators should contact their local health departments for the latest advisories/information about coronavirus in their community. The Association also has afact sheetwith information specific to the industry.

What can we all do?

The CDC suggests that people take the same steps they would to keep from getting the flu: get a flu vaccine, take everyday preventative actions – like washing your hands often – and see a doctor when you are sick. The World Health Organization (WHO) also haspreliminary guidanceon getting a workplace ready for COVID-19.

What is the impact to the supply chain?

It is still unknown if or how the coronavirus will impact the foodservice supply chain. Many organizations and researchers are monitoring developments.

Where can we find resources?

To ensure that the foodservice industry can easily access the latest resources from the best sources, we will continue to update this page as new information develops.

Actionable Information from the Association

Coronavirus: What You Can Do Fact Sheet

Handwashing 101

Cleaning vs. Sanitizing

Clean-up of Vomiting and Diarrheal Event

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