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Coronavirus Guide for the F&B Industry

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France, 21st April 2020

Coronavirus Guide for the F&B Industry

What it is, why it’s bad—and how you can help

These two guides are specifically written to help businesses in the F&B industry respond during Coronavirus (aka Covid-19) outbreaks.

The suggestions here are low/no-cost and are generally good practice—they have also been evaluated by epidemiologists, public health experts, biologists, and doctors.

NEW: Coronavirus Guide for Takeout/Delivery Businesses

This is a guide for restaurants transitioning to takeout/delivery during a coronavirus outbreak. To download the most current English version of this guide, click here (PDF). To comment on this guide, click here.

General Coronavirus Guide for F&B Businesses

This is a general guide for F&B businesses to reduce their risk of transmitting coronavirus. We’ll update the English version of the guide continually to incorporate comments and new developments as we learn more about the virus and the disease it causes.

These are the most current PDF versions of the guide.

Help translate this guide

Please translate this document into any language and share your translation widely. There have been requests for translations into: Vietnamese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Italian.

If you intend to translate, please

  • Look here first to see if anyone else is already working on that language.
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  • Translate the copy of the original document into your chosen language.
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Share these guides

Please share these guides actively and widely: the more businesses adopt these suggestions, the safer we’ll all be. When re-posting or sharing, please link directly to this website.


Many people helped put this together, including Laurence Berland, Feroz Gajia, Jennifer Gardy, Paul Henninger, Belinda Lester, Erik Garrison, Matthew Jozwiak, Mika Matsuzaki, Jake Parrott, Harper Reed, and Pam Yung.


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 Coronavirus Guide for the F&B Industry

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