Can Restaurants Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations for Employees?
FSR Magazine 12/16
Kathy Dudley Helms, a member of labor and employment law firm Ogletree Deakins’ Coronavirus Taskforce and Healthcare Practice Group, says restaurants would be wise to start considering legal issues with vaccination-related policies.
Restaurant Industry Pushes for Priority on Having Its Workers Vaccinated
Restaurant Business Online 12/15
The National Restaurant Association is pressing federal and state officials to remember that employees are regarded as essential workers and should be high on the list of recipients.
Food Industry Policy
That Price Hike Delivery Apps Threatened If Prop 22 Failed? It’s Happening Anyway
Eater SF 12/15
Folks who voted for Proposition 22 in hopes that it would keep gig worker-supported services like food delivery cheaper might be in for a surprise the next time they place an order on their favorite app. This week, companies including Uber Eats and Doordash say that customers will pay higher prices across California, as fees are increased to offer workers a benefits package in lieu of classifying drivers as employees.
When Will LA Allow Outdoor Dining Again? Right Now, Nobody Knows
Eater LA 12/15
In LA County, restaurants had already been told to stop outdoor dining for at least three weeks, starting on November 25 — creating an overlapping set of muddled directives made even murkier by ongoing legal challenges.
UCSF doctor says no clear evidence linking outdoor dining to COVID-19 spread
Infectious disease scientist at UCSF, Dr. Monica Gandhi, says there’s been no clear evidence linking outdoor dining to the spread of the virus. “There hasn’t been any data presented that if done right with ventilation, with masking, hand hygiene and distancing, smaller tables. Everything that people did and many restaurants did to keep it safe that restaurants became a root of spread,” Dr. Gandhi said.
On the Side
Restaurant Outlook for 2021: Uneven Recovery, but Better Days Ahead
QSR Magazine 12/16
If there’s one term that best describes COVID-19’s siege on the restaurant industry, it’s “uneven.” And 2021 promises to be just as strange and disjointed.
Taiwanese Vegan Pop-Up Takes Over Cocobella Creamery in Hollywood
This month, vegan Taiwanese pop-up Love Boat Kitchen opened inside of the Cocobella Creamery space in Los Angeles.
The East Bay’s Only Zacatecan Restaurant Is Reopening After a Yearlong Absence
Eater SF 12/15
Now, the East Bay’s only restaurant specializing in Zacatecan cuisine is finally ready to start serving its slow-cooked stews and freshly griddled gorditas once again.