The worker-led movement has expanded exponentially, with the Democratic Party embracing it as part of its official platform in 2016. Despite these groundbreaking successes, there is still a long runway to nationwide adoption of living wages and benefits for fast food and service workers, even with the COVID-19 pandemic laying bare the frailties of their lives as essential workers—disproportionate numbers of whom come from Black and brown communities.
But a transition indoors should not be treated simply as a continuation of outdoor dining: Indoor reopenings often correlate with spikes in coronavirus cases. A CDC report published in early September found that adults who reported having dined at a restaurant — the report included both indoor and patio diners — were “approximately twice as likely” to have tested positive for COVID-19 as those who did not frequent restaurants.
Food Industry Policy
Restaurant Business 10/20
When the coronavirus pandemic struck in March, shutting down dining rooms and forcing consumers to stay home, restaurants had to act quickly to keep their doors open. Perhaps no segment of the industry had to adapt as drastically as independents. Here’s how some members of this year’s Top 100 Independents pivoted to stay afloat.
Restaurant Business 10/19
As a third wave of coronavirus infections has health officials warning of a devastating fall and winter, restaurants are squaring off with their governors over what should be an appropriate response.
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Action News Now 10/20
Shasta County is in the most restrictive tier for the first time. But outside of the Damburger, a longtime Redding Restaurant, people were already lined up outside before its 11 a.m. reopening time.
Eater SF 10/20 As part of that improved new stage of reopening, San Francisco restaurants will be allowed to operate indoor dining at 50 percent capacity, and bars that do not serve food — all of which have been closed since the pandemic began — will reopen for outdoor drinking.
Berkeley High Jacket 10/19
However, the restricted location is likely to have positive effects on the health of Berkeley residents. After the implementation of the Berkeley soda tax, residents cut their soda consumption down by as much as 50 percent. There is a high likelihood that this ordinance will lead to a similar result.