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Trending this week: 15 Chick-fil-A employees test positive for COVID-19 and more on the best strategies for reopening restaurants

What American operators can learn from China as we enter the COVID-19 recovery stage

This week on Nation's Restaurant News, at least 15 Chick-fil-A employees in Southeast Texas have tested positive for COVID-19. This forced the chain to temporarily close two restaurants. Franchise operator Robert Henckel said in a statement sent to NRN: “Our highest priority is the health of our Team Members and Guests. We are working directly with the Beaumont Health Department and following all guidance, including the temporary closure of our College Street and Dowlen Road Restaurants. We look forward to serving the community of Beaumont again soon.”

Also in Chick-fil-A news, the Atlanta-based chain said it is taking “additional time” to reopen its dining rooms in states that are starting to ease business restrictions. According to a Georgia state executive order, restaurants can accept dine-in customers provided they follow more than 30 guidelines such as limiting guests to 10 patrons per 500-square-feet of space.

Nation’s Restaurant News also talked with Mandy Sedlak, food safety and public health manager for Ecolab’s Ecosure division, who offered her expert advice on issues around delivery and takeout and how to clean after coronavirus cases were diagnosed.

Click through the gallery to read Sedlak’s recommendations on strategies around restaurant reopenings and to check out what else was trending on this week.

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