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  • Writer's pictureAmy Stark

COVID-19 Information Resources around the Web

Updated: May 11, 2020

Organizations are working together to provide small businesses and nonprofits up-to-date information about COVID-19 and its effects.

Mark Cuban Hired a Company to Learn How Dallas Businesses Responded to the Open Order for Texas

Cuban and a secret shopper organization called approximately restaurant and retail locations and conducted physical audits at around 300 locations across restaurants and retail locations in Dallas to assess compliance against state re-opening protocols. Read more on Mark Cuban's blog.


National Restaurant Association: "Finding Solutions During Turbulent Times"

In the National Restaurant Association Show's Resource Hub, you’ll find free, on-demand information from the Show and industry authorities like Restaurant Business, Technomic, and the National Restaurant Association covering a range of pressing topics, including: Preparing for reopening, demystifying the CARES Act, innovative ideas to drive sales, consumer behavior during the pandemic, and how to navigate this new landscape. The site also includes an overview of the state of the industry and the future foodservice outlook.


U.S. Department of Labor Invites the Public to Participate in National Online Dialogue on Opening America’s Workplaces Again

The U.S. Department of Labor is hosting a national online dialogue on “Opening America’s Workplaces Again,” to solicit ideas from the public on how best to reopen America’s workplaces safely. The dialogue will run from Thursday, April 30 through Thursday, May 7, 2020. The department’s Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) will host the dialogue in partnership with OSHA, WHD, the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, its Employee Benefits Security Administration, its Employment and Training Administration, its Office of Disability Employment Policy, its Veterans’ Employment and Training Service and its Women’s Bureau. You can register to participate at


Datassentials Releases a new Forecasting Tool

The tool provides the user with the ability to forecast base on market segment (QSR, schools, B&S, etc.) and allows users to plug in the percentage of the business and the impact of COVID-19. A web-based version and the Excel version are both available. The web-based version will be updated as things change. The tool and new reports are available here:


Kroger Grocery Shares Lessons Learned

Kroger’s Blueprint for Businesses is intended to be a resource for businesses of all sizes and sectors of the economy, providing recommendations, insights, best practices and downloadable creative assets to help businesses navigate the next phase of this unprecedented pandemic.



ConstructConnect helps commercial construction firms streamline pre-construction. The company is publishing a COVID-19 Construction Activity Report.


Harvest America Network

Harvest America hosts the Culinary Cues blog with posts from restauranteur Paul Sorgule. A post from April 13 focuses on the post-COVID kitchen.


Compass Restaurant Consulting & Research

Compass is consulting firm that provides their clients with monthly industry insights and commentary on Our firm provides clients with monthly fundamental industry insight and commentary on leading Quick-Service Restaurants (QSR), Fast Casual and Casual Dining concepts. They put together a COVID-19 impact report available here.


International Foodservice Manufacturers Association

The IFMA is continuously updating a COVID-19 website with new resources in the form of whitepapers, best practice worksheets, research, and more. Their website is available at


US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, FAQ Site

The Department of Labor is preparing for the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The DOL created a page of FAQs that provides answers to most of the biggest and most pressing questions regarding the FFCRA.


Datassential Coronavirus Reports

Datassential produced five (and counting) reports with data about COVID-19 and the foodservice industry.


National Restaurant Association Congress has passed the next round of relief and recovery legislation to help businesses and employees tackle the coronavirus crisis. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. NRA developed a summary of the bill’s key provisions for restaurants, foodservice establishments, and their employees. The association also created this printable industry-specific guide for owners and operators.


Collegiate Dining's Response to COVID-19

Given the rapidly changing environment surrounding COVID-19, the National Association of College & University Food Services has gathered content shared via their member discussion list.


Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry

MAFSI is regularly updating information for their members.


North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers

NAFEM is compiling resources for businesses, employers, and employees. The site also has links to public health information and travel restrictions.


Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on the FES Industry

AutoQuotes staff recently published a State of the Industry report, based on data they have gathered from across the industry.


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