Vaccine Mandates Win/Lose

With the Biden administration releasing the final rule and parameters of its national vaccine mandate on businesses with 100 or more employees yesterday, we can expect to see more activity – legal, political and otherwise – around the broad idea of mandating vaccinations for all American workers. A vaccine mandate for indoor dining in the…

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New York City Enforces Vaccine Passports

Earlier this week, the New York City requirement that diners must show at least proof of at least one shot of the COVID vaccine began being enforced. Notwithstanding that a lawsuit filed by a number of Big Apple restaurants last month is still pending in the courts, the city began enforcement of the Mayor’s proof…

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New York City, Frisco Require Vaccine for Indoor Dining

The Big Apple and San Francisco are leading the charge to require vaccine “passports” in order to dine indoor at restaurants within the two cities. The New York dictate actually became effective this past Monday, August 16 however, formal enforcement is not set to begin until September 13. In response to the Executive Order by…

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Other State COVID-Restrictions Loosen

The steady march of states loosening some of their COVID-related restrictions continued with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signing an order to ease restriction on businesses and gatherings. Now, restaurants and bars there can offer indoor dining at 75 percent of capacity with parties limited to six people and on-site dining required to close at 11…

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Turning the Corner – Or Enough’s Enough?

As we pass the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic hitting the United States in earnest and the accompanying business lockdowns, mask mandates and social distance dictates, many elected officials are moving to get back to normal. Atop the list seems to be Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order this past Tuesday rescinding…

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With COVID Spikes, Restrictions Multiply

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, coronavirus-driven business shutdowns and closures are not only becoming more widespread, but much more extreme, as well! Notwithstanding a better than 99.5% survival rate along with the imminent approval of a couple of potentially highly effective vaccines, governors across the country are ordering curfews, business closings and behavioral…

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Dining Restrictions Returning as COVID Spikes

More restrictions on restaurant operations are being mandated again as coronavirus infections continue to rise across the country. The latest we noted include San Francisco which will ban all indoor dining effective at midnight Friday in the face of a 250% surge in new COVID-19 cases since October 2. The order covers restaurants and food…

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CDC Blaming Restaurants

A recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that adults who tested positive for COVID-19 were twice as likely to have reported eating at a restaurant within the prior two weeks. There’s a lot more to that story, however. The study authors themselves admit to at least five significant limitations…

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Two Months Late, New Jersey Opens Indoor Dining

At long last, New Jersey restaurants can reopen for indoor dining beginning today across the Garden State. At the beginning of the week, Governor Phil Murphy announced on Twitter that restaurants will be allowed to function at 25% of capacity beginning at 6 AM today. The state originally planned to allow 25% capacity indoor dining…

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