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The Working Lunch team discusses the political impact of coronavirus on the restaurant industry.

Working Lunch: How the restaurant industry’s political agenda is being redefined by the coronavirus pandemic

Mike Whatley, Chris Burgoyne and Michael Halen join the podcast to discuss the challenges restaurants are facing

The team from Align Public Strategies is joined this week by three guests from across the restaurant industry who share their expertise and insights into the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Mike Whatley, vice president, state and local affairs at the National Restaurant Association gives updates on how the restaurant industry is managing the public policy aspects of the COVID-19 health crisis, and how the association is interacting with lawmakers at all levels of government to protect the industry.

Chris Burgoyne, vice president, government and political affairs at the American Hotel & Lodging Association discusses the challenges facing his part of the hospitality sector, as well as the latest on what is happening on Capitol Hill and what the industry can expect going forward.

Finally, Michael Halen, senior restaurant analyst at Bloomberg Finance, stops by the podcast to talk about the current and future financial status of the restaurant industry, and grim challenges being faced by corporate leaders.

The team discusses all of this and looks ahead to what may be coming next.

Align Public Strategies is a full-service public affairs and creative firm that helps corporate brands, governments and nonprofits navigate the outside world and inform their internal decision-making. This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation's Restaurant News or Restaurant Hospitality.

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