Server with surgical mask. Photo by David Emrich on Unsplash

UKHospitality launches industry roadmap for safe reopening

UKHospitality has called on government to support a safe and sustainable reopening for restaurants, pubs and hotels this summer through its #Fair4Hospitality campaign. Launched today, the campaign covers four key areas: Wellbeing: Endorse the sector’s best-practice protocols and risk assessments for a Covid-secure restart; Workers: Ensure the furlough scheme is retained at full rate for hospitality until businesses successfully restart; Communities: Regulate to provide a ‘National Time Out’ on rent payments for the remainder of the year and a solution to address debt and costs for business; Consumers: Cut the…

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Sushi chef with surgical gloves. Image by Image by Free-Photos at Pixabay

How restaurants can thrive in the ‘next normal’ – research

We lay out potential timelines for the US restaurant industry’s recovery—and actions that restaurants should take to cater to consumers’ new dining needs and preferences. After weeks of quarantine and physical distancing, what does the future hold for US restaurants—and for the more than eight million restaurant workers across the country who have been laid off or furloughed since March? How quickly will US consumers feel comfortable eating out again? COVID-19 has not only been a devastating public-health crisis; it has also been the restaurant industry’s greatest challenge to date.…

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Lockdown opens out: Vilnius becomes city-sized fresh-air restaurant

Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, is to turn over many of its streets and open spaces to bars, restaurants and cafés to allow the catering industry to return to work, while people can maintain social distancing to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Many of the city’s public spaces – which until now have rarely been used for outdoor eating, such as the city’s Cathedral Square in the Unesco-listed Old Town – are now open to support the city’s restaurants. The announcement was made on Friday, and by Monday morning 162 business…

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