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The restaurant industry seems to have found itself in the middle of every debate surrounding this pandemic.

Working Lunch: Coronavirus is upending the 2020 election cycle, and restaurants are on the front lines

From the supply chain to social distancing, restaurants are at the center of a lot of national debates

The coronavirus pandemic has turned everything upside down, including the 2020 election cycle. The team from Align Public Strategies discusses the volatile political environment, and what restaurant operators need to prepare for, on this week’s episode of the Working Lunch podcast.

The restaurant industry seems to have found itself in the middle of every debate surrounding this pandemic – essential businesses, the supply chain, Paycheck Protection Program loans, and more. Now restaurants are center stage for the discussions about social distancing as states begin to reopen. Working Lunch talks about that dynamic and how restaurant operators and brands need to navigate it.

The conversation around hazard pay is also front and center at the state and local levels, and also now in Congress and the presidential race. The team takes a look at what impacts that could have on restaurants, and wraps up the episode with the legislative scorecard.

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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