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COVID-19 and Your Commercial Kitchen

Updated: May 13


Coronavirus Information and Resources


The restaurant industry is home to more than 15 million trained and skilled employees in restaurants across the country serving the public every day. The restaurant industry is open and the tables at America’s 1+ million restaurant and foodservice locations are always a great place to gather with friends and family. To ensure that restaurants have the latest information about coronavirus, we created this industry-specific guidance for owners and operators. The industry works day in and day out at food safety. You can find out more about ongoing ServSafe training and certification programs here.


What is 2019-nCoV Coronavirus?

2019-nCoV (Coronavirus) is virus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory illness. It was first detected in Wuhan, China. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Typically, respiratory viruses are most contagious when an individual is most symptomatic, but there have been reports of the virus spreading when the affected individual does not show any symptoms.

How are restaurants responding?

The foodservice industry follows strict local public health guidelines. To meet these guidelines, restaurants have safety protocols and best practices in place, including guidance from ServSafe. Owners and operators should contact their local health departments for the latest advisories/information about coronavirus in their community. The Association also has a fact sheet in English and Spanish with information specific to the industry.

What can we all do?

The CDC suggests that people take the same steps they would to keep from getting the flu: get a flu vaccine, take everyday preventative actions – like washing your hands often – and see a doctor when you are sick. The World Health Organization (WHO) also has a preliminary guidance on getting a workplace ready for COVID-19.

What is the impact to the supply chain?

It is still unknown if or how the coronavirus will impact the foodservice supply chain. Many organizations and researchers are monitoring developments.

Where can we find resources?

To ensure that the foodservice industry can easily access the latest resources from the best sources, we will continue to update this page as new information develops.

Actionable Information from the Association

Coronavirus: What You Can Do Fact Sheet (English & Spanish)

Handwashing 101 Sheet (English & Spanish) and Youtube Video

Cleaning vs. Sanitizing (English & Spanish)

Clean-up of Vomiting and Diarrheal Event


Other Resources

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What’s New

Latest News

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

Preparing Communities for Potential Spread of COVID-19

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 – Feb. 2020

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

COVID-19 Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Rolling Updates on Coronavirus Disease

COVID-19 Website

Advice for Public

Workplace Guidance

Johns Hopkins CSSE

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases Map

Supply Chain Research and Resources

Knowledge @ Wharton - Containing the Coronavirus: What’s the Risk to the Global Economy? – Feb. 25

FDA - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Supply Chain Update (Feb. 27)




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