National Restaurant Association Offers Central Hub for Coronavirus Resources

March 20, 2020 | 1508 Views

National Restaurant Association Offers Central Hub for Coronavirus Resources

Lawrence J. Lynch, FASAE, CAE

Senior Vice President of Certification and Operations | National Restaurant Association

For 30 years, the National Restaurant Association has prepared restaurants and foodservice operators to deliver a safe dining experience for their guests. From back of the house focus on topics like cooking temperatures, storage, cross contamination and more to front of the house hygiene and sanitation, that experience puts the association in good position to provide the enhanced guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and similar organizations to guide operators facing business changes in light of COVID-19.

To accomplish this, the Association is committed to ensuring that restaurants and foodservice operations have the latest information about the coronavirus pandemic and how to respond to it, creating a centralized page of industry-specific guidance for owners and operators.

The Coronavirus Information and Resources page ( includes answers to frequently asked questions, as well as downloadable resources, such as:

The page also provides links to other authoritative sources for further information about COVID-19, including the CDC, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The National Restaurant Association continues to engage with local, state, and federal officials to provide our employers and employees with the latest guidance to address this public health emergency. The COVID-19 page is updated frequently as new information and directives become available. 

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  1. Erin Hardy:
    Mar 20, 2020 at 01:05 PM

    Is there information anywhere regarding what to do if one of our team members is diagnosed? Is there a set amount of time to close for deep cleaning? What about other team members that could have been exposed?
    Or, what about 2nd / 3rd contact? (i.e. what if someone's child was diagnosed, or perhaps a spouse) I've been searching everywhere to create a step by step action plan for us, but I am coming up empty. Luckily we haven't had these situations come up, but like everyone else, I feel like it's inevitable that it will hit us somewhere and we need to be prepared.