Restaurants have historically operated with highly regulated safety protocols based on the FDA’s Food Code and now have taken new steps to meet social distancing guidelines required by state and federal officials. The National Restaurant Association’s focus is on working with the CDC, FDA, USDA, state and local health officials and academics to create best practices for restaurants that take into consideration the proven science and make the latest information available in our Safe Operating Guidance. Over the course of the last several months, we have learned that when restaurants demonstrate effective mitigation efforts — that includes following our Safe Operating Guidance, encouraging guests to wear masks, social distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene — the risk of transmission is low.
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