The Fresno Bee 3/7
As more jurisdictions join Texas, Mississippi and other states in lifting mask mandates and easing restrictions on businesses, many essential workers — including bartenders, restaurant servers and retail workers — are relieved by changes that might help the economy but also concerned they could make them less safe amid a pandemic that health experts warn is far from over.
Santa Barbara Independent 3/4
Private residences turned local take-out restaurants may be the latest development in the food retail industry as the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve an ordinance that would permit direct sales of home-cooked meals to customers.
Food Industry Policy
FSR Magazine 3/8
The pandemic has shifted the discussion about food safety to focus on the overall safety of the full-service restaurant environment, in addition to the food they serve. Driving this shift are new consumer demands for total transparency. Full-service restaurants have an urgent need to assure guests that if they are open, then it is safe for guests to come in and enjoy a meal.
The business winners in Biden’s relief package: Restaurants, concert venues and airplane manufacturers
The Washington Post 3/7
Restaurants, concert venues and airplane manufacturers all stand to benefit from the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package the Senate approved Saturday. They are among the few industries that won targeted help in the massive spending bill.
On the Side
Union News Daily 3/8
For Lizeth Morales, the owner of Union’s El Gordo restaurant on Morris Avenue, her success story almost never happened.
San Francisco Chronicle 3/8
Just because indoor dining is available now in the Bay Area, you shouldn’t necessarily do it yet — even if you’re vaccinated, according to infectious disease experts.