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Australia’s COVID-19 epicentre delays lifting of lockdown restrictions on restaurants

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Victoria state, Australia’s COVID-19 hotspot, on Sunday delayed the eagerly awaited removal of strict lockdown restrictions for cafes, restaurants and pubs in the capital Melbourne because of an outbreak in the northern suburbs.

FILE PHOTO: Gina Cimarosti, manager of the London Tavern Hotel, stands outside her empty pub in Melbourne, which is in lockdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Australia October 21, 2020. REUTERS/Ian Ransom

The restrictions have kept most retail businesses in Melbourne providing online services only since early August and 5 million people living under stay-at-home orders were hoping for an announcement on Sunday.

State premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday said an outbreak in Melbourne’s northern suburbs would likely delay the reopening of retail and hospitality businesses by a few days, as officials preferred to wait for hundreds of test results. He planned to announce some restrictions would be lifted from mid-week.

“If I

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  • October 25, 2020

2 Hawaii restaurants ban travelers from dining in despite new pre-travel program

At least two Hawaii restaurants are asking visitors and travelers not to dine in at their establishments — despite the state’s new pre-travel coronavirus testing program. 

Last week, Hawaii launched the program, which allows travelers to avoid the state’s 14-day quarantine if they test negative for the coronavirus 72 hours before they arrive. 

However, Saenz Ohana Breakfast in Princeville, Hawaii, and the Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea, Hawaii, would prefer not to have those travelers sitting down to eat.


According to KHON 2, Saenz, a food truck on the island of Kauai, posted on Facebook last week explaining that its seating area is only available to Kauai residents and will be closed to visitors from elsewhere. 

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the post even said the food truck would check to make sure that people who were sitting and eating had local

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  • October 20, 2020

New Denver Restaurants and Closings This Week

Thanks to a few eased restrictions on bar games, the 1Up Arcade Bar has finally been able to reopen its LoDo location, according to owner Jourdan Adler. The games are now spaced to follow social distancing guidelines, and groups are limited to four players each. For food, the Sweet Combforts food truck, which makes Liege-style waffles with a number of different toppings, has taken over 1Up’s kitchen. Adler says he’s also been able to reopen his Englewood 1Up, and if things go well with these two, the original 1Up, at 717 East Colfax Avenue, could soon follow.

On Larimer Street, Cabana X is ending its run tonight (Saturday, October 10) as the vacation-themed outdoor cocktail lounge at Bar Helix. Owner Kendra Anderson launched Cabana X in June as a way to serve food and drinks while keeping guests and employees safe during the pandemic. Anderson says she’s not sure when,

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  • October 10, 2020

Restaurants have done everything they can to keep people safe, so to close us down is catastrophic

The new rules in Scotland are catastrophic. It’s a very, very grim scenario for hospitality businesses, a lot of whom came through the original lockdown by the skin of their teeth. This could be the final nail in the coffin. 

The initial lockdown was an emotional rollercoaster – the highs, the lows, the anxiety and stress, thinking you’ve lost everything and then being saved by the furlough. But even with the furlough it was a very dark time. We lost about 100 staff and our restaurant the Castle Terrace and our other restaurant, Southside Scran, has been temporarily mothballed. 

Until yesterday’s news we were making progress and starting to employ people again; we were on the up. We reopened on July 15 and staggered the opening of the restaurants, though the process was very painful. It was daunting because of the measures we had to put in place and the

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  • October 8, 2020

Tripadvisor Launches Menu Connect for Restaurants to Manage Their Complete Online Presence | News

NEEDHAM, Mass., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Tripadvisor ®, the world’s largest travel platform, today launched Menu Connect, an online listings management solution that enables restaurants to easily publish, update and manage their menu and business information across an expansive network of sites. Menu Connect utilizes SinglePlatform‘s industry-leading technology that was acquired by Tripadvisor in December 2019. Today’s launch expands the U.S. and Canada-based solution to restaurants all around the world1.

Why Menu Management Matters
For restaurants, the accuracy of information online, particularly menu information, is crucial to attracting new diners. A recent study showed that 80% of consumers lose trust in local businesses if they see incorrect or inconsistent information posted online2. However, updating menus all over the internet takes time that busy restaurateurs don’t have, especially now as they implement creative health and cleanliness measures to safely welcome

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  • October 7, 2020

‘Looking for the staycation’: Worcester County relying on locals to supplement fall tourism with trips to pumpkin patches, breweries, restaurants

What lies beyond the pandemic? MassForward is MassLive’s series examining the journey of Massachusetts’ businesses through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.


Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March, Worcester’s largest venue, the DCU Center, has canceled 212 events through the end of the year.

More than 370,000 fewer people will congregate around the facility this year due to nearly every event being wiped out by the virus, according to Smith Travel Research.

The number likely climbs closer to about 700,000 when including all of the events across Central Massachusetts through the end of 2020.

Fewer events lead to fewer hotel bookings. Restaurants see their out-of-town visits decrease. The same is true for retail shops.

“The fall is usually a strong time [for tourism] because of the amount of conventions and meetings that take place,” Executive Director of Discover Central Massachusetts Monique Messier said. “The attendance that brings

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  • October 6, 2020

hotels recovering, but bars, restaurants suffering


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Corpus Christi’s tourism industry is still hurting because of the pandemic, but it has started to recover. 

Hotel occupancy rates hit the single digits and averaged lower than 20% around Easter weekend in April. Now the rate is roughly 55%, said Brett Oetting, Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau’s CEO/ president. 

Oetting started in his position shortly after the pandemic took off in mid-March. 

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A National Park Ranger places a closed sign below the Padre Island National Seashore sign on Park Road 22 on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales ordered the vehicle access to parks and beaches closed over the Easter weekend. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times)

Since then, he has worked strenuously to keep the leisure industry afloat, while also keeping the threat of

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  • September 30, 2020

Restaurants in South Walton see benefits from Phase 3 reopening


After months of operating well under capacity, restaurants and bars are allowed to fully reopen in Florida.

For businesses in South Walton, the pandemic hit hard.

“At 50 percent, you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing when you’re at 100 percent, and of course it happened right before spring break and everything went down from there and it just hurt. It hurt a lot of us in this business,” said Ken Duenas, executive chef at Pescado.

Now that they can fully reopen, those in the restaurant business said they are hoping to make up at least some of their losses, even outside the peak tourism months.

“I think we’re going to actually not go down that much because a lot of counties and states are still doing online schools, so a lot of people are taking their kids, still going on vacation, still

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  • September 30, 2020

Restaurants, C-Stores Prep For Omnichannel Future

Some convenience stores and restaurants have seen their revenues dented by 60 percent or more in recent months, Paytronix CEO Andrew Robbins told Karen Webster. But he said what’s really remarkable is how consistently hopeful, engaged and optimistic businesses are about what comes next.

“It was just amazing that the sentiment I am hearing is: ‘If this is the toughest thing the world can throw at us, we can beat it,’” Robbins said. “That, I think, is where they are all aligned — a positive feeling that the future’s going to be better, that they are winning, that they can innovate, and the innovations are working.”

And more than talking the innovation talk, Webster and Robbins agreed, entrepreneurs are walking the innovation walk — in an incredible variety of ways.

There’s the New York restaurateur who’s traded serving power lunches and dinners to

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  • September 29, 2020

The best restaurants turned wine shops for take-away bottles for enjoy after the curfew

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It has been over two months since restaurants, pubs and bars were permitted to reopen to the public, but it appears the newest Government restriction is destined to set the hospitality back a step, with a 10pm curfew coming into place across England as of Thursday 24 September.

This comes as a particularly large blow to venues that rely on the late-night drinking trade, as well as restaurants that offer tables well into the evening. However, for those that offer take-away services of bottles, beers and cocktails, the curfew provides a new USP; diners can enjoy a meal out, and when the times comes to pack up and leave, they can purchase a bottle to take with them and carry the merriment on at home – safely within their social bubble of six, of course. 

Wine bar-turned-shops are nothing new to the restaurant scene; the

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  • September 22, 2020