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The Daily Prep List: 03.26.20

Labor

Jobless claims soar to record 3.3 million

Politico 3/26

It was the largest number, by far, of unemployment claims ever recorded for a single week.

Landry’s Furloughs 40,000 Employees

FSR Magazine Mar. 2020

Landry’s owner Tilman Fertitta temporarily laid off 40,000 employees, or 70 percent of his company’s workforce, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Food Industry Policy

Is Rent Relief in the Works for SF Restaurants?

Eater, San Francisco 3/25

Two San Francisco Supervisors are pushing a resolution to waive all rent and mortgage payments during the coronavirus crisis.

San Francisco Officials Say Restaurants Must Accept Payments In Cash

Eater, San Francisco 3/25

When then-San Francisco Supervisor Valle Brown proposed a law that required all the city’s stores to accept payments in cash, it’s unlikely she anticipated the crisis facing the globe today.

California restaurants plead for insurance help during coronavirus closures

Politico 3/24

After shutting their doors and laying off staff amid the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of California’s panicked business owners are confronting another head-spinning crisis: insurance firms rejecting their loss claims.

Is Your Restaurant Liable if Workers Test Positive for COVID-19?

QSR Magazine Mar. 2020

Now that coronavirus has spread to U.S. residents without known exposure to the disease, employers across the country are on high alert. And rightfully so.

On the Side

Adapt or close: How Sacramento restaurants and bars are surviving the coronavirus shutdown

The Sacramento Bee 3/26

Karen’s Bakery & Cafe had 16 cases of eggs delivered last Monday. On Wednesday, Sacramento County health officials told all area restaurants to stop serving dine-in customers. Thus was born Karen’s Bakery, Cafe & Marketplace.

The Cheesecake Factory Tells Landlords Across the Country It Won’t Be Able to Pay Rent on April 1

Eater, Los Angeles 3/25

The Cheesecake Factory, one of the most popular sit-down restaurant chains in the country, says it will not be able to make upcoming rent payments for any of its storefronts on April 1 because of significant loss of income due to the coronavirus crisis.

Can you get the coronavirus from touching or eating food?

San Francisco Chronicle 3/25

You’re following all of California’s shelter-in-place guidelines. Eliminating all nonessential trips from your home

Yum! Brands Has 7,000 Restaurants Closed Globally

QSR Magazine Mar. 2020

Yum! Brands said Tuesday in a securities filing that roughly 7,000 of its global restaurants are currently closed, including more than 1,000 domestic Pizza Hut express and 900-plus KFC’s in the U.K. In some markets, such as the U.S., operations are limited to drive thru, delivery, and carryout.

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