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Trending this week: CDC expands definition of ‘close contact’ with an individual infected with COVID-19

Also, BJ’s tests beer subscriptions, and Restaurant Brands International shares plans to modernize drive-thrus at Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its definition of “close contact” with someone infected with COVID-19, and this week it was one of the most-read stories on Nation’s Restaurant News. The new information was based on a study at a Vermont prison conducted by the CDC and will impact those who work in close proximity, such as restaurant workers.

In other pandemic-related news, California restaurants battered by indoor dining restrictions demanded fee and permit refunds, maintaining that they should not be paying fees in full when the state is restricting restaurant operations.

Many restaurant companies reported earnings this week, including casual-dining BJ’s Restaurants Inc., whose CEO Greg Trojan said the “road to post-COVID normalcy will not be a straight line.” The company is testing beer subscriptions along with ways to boost seating and off-premise sales.

Also reporting this week was quick-service company Restaurant Brands International Inc., which outlined its plans to modernize drive-thrus at its brands, which include Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

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