National Restaurant Association releases COVID-19 Opening Guidance

Guidelines focused on food safety, cleaning, sanitizing, employee monitoring, hygiene

The National Restaurant Association released a set of recommendations and procedures for reopening restaurants that work in conjunction with federal, state and local health ordinances. In its COVID-19 Opening Guidance, the Association developed content focused on food safety, cleaning and sanitizing, employee health monitoring and personal hygiene, and social distancing to curb exposure to COVID-19.

The guidance integrates highlights of the recently released Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic.The bulk of the Association’s manual focuses on cleaning, sanitation and hygiene.


Moreover, the Association put out the COVID-19 Opening Guidance with the help of its Reopening Guidance Task Force, recommending restaurants update their operating procedures to reflect current guidelines from the FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Restaurants should focus on social distancing and protective equipment, employee health, and cleaning, sanitizing & disinfecting.

“Adding to current best practices is an approachable way for owners and managers to put the modified protocols into practice as state and local officials begin to open communities,” said Sherman Brown, executive vice president, training and certification.

Download the manual here.

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