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COVID-19 Resource Hub: Updated 4/21/2020

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United States, 21st April 2020


UPDATED | 21/4/2020

Worldchefs is here to support you during this uncertain time. We have compiled a variety of free resources, virtual events and more to help you connect with the global community, build skills and prepare to advance in a post-COVID-19 world.
An evolving list of global initiatives for the hospitality industry during the coronavirus pandemic >>
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has forced restaurants and businesses all over the world to close to contain the spread of the virus, chefs and restaurateurs are applying their creativity to create scores of initiatives to support those most affected as well as raise funds for their own employees and other industry workers. 
El sector de la hostelería se une con la fuerza de #UNOPUNTOSIETE millones de personas que forman el sector para reclamar ayudas específicas ante los efectos del COVID-19. Mas info:
JAPAN: Save Japanese restaurants from bankruptcy during COVID-19 >>
The Japanese restaurant industry has come together to petition the government to provide more and better support for businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to read and sign the petition.
INDIA: #ReliefForRestaurants >>
Ask the Finance Minister of India to save Indian restaurants by signing this petition.
The Independent Restaurant Coalition needs your help asking Congress to fix the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to meet the unique needs of restaurants. You can send a letter here
COVID-19 Guide >>
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.

Now including a new Coronavirus Guide for Takeout/Delivery Businesses.

دليل فيروس كورونا للأغذية والمشروبات >>
ما هو، ولماذا هو سيئ – وكيف يمكنك المساعدة
CDC Symptoms of COVID-19 >>
Clearly communicate and inform the team about symptoms of coronavirus. 

CDC Sanitation >>
Abide by all hand washing and sanitation procedures published by the CDC.

For Hotels and Hotel Staff >>
An information sheet for hotel management and staff about coronavirus.

Singapore’s Top Chefs On Hand Hygiene >>
Nine chefs from Singapore’s leading MICHELIN-star restaurants including Sebastien Lepinoy, Kirk Westaway and Hawker Chan demonstrate the right way to wash your hands in a new public service campaign to combat the spread of COVID-19.
USA: National Restaurant Association’s Coronavirus Information and Resources >>
The passage of the CARES Act was a necessary first step towards helping the industry through this crisis, but we know more must be done.  Please visit this page regularly for updated information on the implementation of the CARES Act and for guidance on how to take advantage of the funding available to restaurants. To ensure that restaurants have the latest information about coronavirus, we created this industry-specific guidance for owners and operators.
COVID-19 Training for Essential Businesses >>
Stop COVID-19 partners with essential businesses of all sizes to stop the spread of COVID-19 by providing free, high-impact training for frontline workers delivered over text message. Get FREE training for your team, available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese here.
٣ محاور تحدد ممارسات الهايجين لموظفي توصيل وتسليم الأغذية >>
نظرة على أهم إجراءات الصحة والسلامة الغذائية المتبعة في المطاعم

Operating Procedures from DIG >>
Enhanced safety protocols, delivery driver protocols, sanitation log and more.

How to Run a Restaurant in the Face of Uncertainty >>
OpenTable’s Preparedness Resource Center.

How to Prepare Your Restaurant for Delivery and Take-Out >>
Industry experts share advice on shifting their business strategies overnight to weather the storm of COVID-19.

Resources to help restaurants, bars and hospitality workers affected by coronavirus >>
This article is intended as a global evolving list of resources to help those in need.
F&B Mental Health and Sobriety Resources >>
As coronavirus shutters restaurants across the world, many hospitality workers are left in a state of stress, depression, isolation, and anxiety. Food & Wine Pro has compiled a list of free and low-cost resources to help manage mental health and sobriety.
ARGENTINA: La Asociación de Cocina Regional Argentina, presento el Proyecto “Nos Salvamos entre Todos” para garantizar una ayuda a los Restaurantes, Hoteles y Escuelas de Cocina. El mismo consiste en la baja tributaria por un periodo de 6 meses, eximir el pago de alquileres de inmuebles por 3 meses, y solventar la ayuda económica para el pago de sueldos a empleados y proveedores. 
CANADA: Canada Takeout >>
Canada Takeout is encouraging Canadians across the country to order takeout en-masse in a show of support for their favourite local restaurants. Restaurants are doing their part by staying open for takeout. Now it’s your turn to take an active part in the support of an industry that employs millions of people in this country.
CANADA: Federal Government Announces Additional Support for Small Businesses >>
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new measures to support businesses on April 16, including the introduction of a rent-assistance program.
CHILE: Achiga Solicita al Gobierno >>
Como asociación y representantes de todo el gremio gastronómico estamos solicitando al gobierno que se continúe con delivery como opción de funcionamiento de restaurantes ante cierre total por COVID-19 en algunas comunas del país.
ESPANA: #SalvemosNuestrosRestaurantes >>
Únete a #SalvemosNuestrosRestaurantes. Compra un bono prepago y ayuda a tu restaurante favorito.
EUROPE: We Are Still Open >>
A non-profit initiative created to help a global restaurant community in crisis: listing quality restaurants, wine bars, grocers, farmers, bakeries, etc. in Europe that are providing alternative business-models and take-out/or delivery during the forced-closings during COVID-19.
SOUTH AFRICA: Solidarity Response Fund >>
South Africa now has a COVID-19 solidarity fund, to help deal with the fallout of the novel coronavirus.
SOUTH AFRICA: Help for Small Businesses >>
Small businesses in SA can now register for help during the coronavirus disaster.
TUNISIA: Le gouvernement Tunisian a décidé pour supporter l’industrie hospitalière au pays, avec l’accord et le support de la Banque Centrale, de re échelonner les crédits et de reporter la payement des redevances sociales et fiscales, afin de préserver les emplois (du moins fixes) et la non fermeture des établissements
USA: Dining at a Distance >>
Keeping you fed while supporting local businesses during COVID–19. 
USA: Resources for Restaurants and Workers Coping with the COVID-19 Emergency >>
Restaurant Workers Community Foundation has collected information and links to resources that will help restaurants and workers deal most effectively with the COVID-19 emergency.
USA: Spill the Dish Database of Resources >>
A database of resources (non-profit funds, government agencies, changed laws, even GoFundMe’s), searchable by state and type of relief.
USA: A List of Relief Funds for Restaurants, Bars, and Food Service Workers >>
Nonprofits and other grassroots organizations nationwide are working to help those affected by COVID-19.
Click here to send us resources from your country.
HospoLive >>
Hospitality workers can upskill with access to industry-leading speakers who are donating their time for webinars and seminars on this Facebook platform from 8.30am GMT every weekday.
Industry Support Webinars >>
To help navigate the challenges of COVID-19 the James Beard Foundation is hosting webinars to help provide resources for the hospitality industry and to better stay connected throughout difficult times. 
Free Online Training: Worldchefs Academy >>
With our free online Pre-Commis Chef training program, you can prepare for your first job in a professional kitchen right from your home.
Webinar: Sustainability Education for Culinary Professionals >>
Bolster your resume and help bring bring sustainable practices to foodservice. This free 7-day series teaches chefs how to think and act sustainable, to lead positive change for the planet – and for the improved profitably in the kitchen. 
CANADA: Webinar on Navigating COVID-19: Federal and Economic Update >>
Join Restaurants Canada as we provide an update on the state of the economy in the current COVID-19 pandemic, learn about federal relief measures to date, how they impact your business, and advocacy progress thus far from Restaurants Canada.
SOUTH AFRICA: Our Social Kitchen >>
This initiative intends to help keep chefs, bakers, mixologists, baristas and other industry experts in South Africa stay in front of their fans during lockdown with a series of masterclasses and live shows. See the Facebook page here and website here.
USA: ACF Offers Free Online Learning Bundle as part of ACF United Campaign  >>
COVID-19 forced the closures of restaurants and other foodservice operations around the US. While many chefs remain busy offering meals-to-go and helping their community, if you find you have a little extra time on your hands and want to keep you skills sharp and mind active, consider signing up for an ACF online learning course. 
USA: ACF Webinar Series >>
The American Culinary Federation has created a series of webinars on topics surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on chefs and the foodservice industry.
Worldchefs Online Community >>
Stay connected. Open your Worldchefs account now at

Apoie Um Restaurante é um movimento que já beneficiou muitos estabelecimentos em todo o Brasil.
COLOMBIA: Apoyar un albergue con alimentación diaria >>
Dos restaurantes de la ciudad de Bogota, CHICHERIA DEMENTE y EL CHATO, nos hemos unido para adoptar un albergue del 7 de AGOSTO, donde viven 65 personas vulnerables, que pagan a diario por su cama y que por la cuarentena no pueden salir a obtener su sustento diario.
A la fecha hemos llevado almuerzos durante 6 dias y esperamos continuar mientras dure la cuarentena o las restricciones establecidas para el control de la pandemia.
DENMARK: Rasmus Munk JunkFood CPH >>
JunkFoods ambition er at sikre et varmt måltid, til alle de mange sultne gadefolk i København.
MEXICO: Comidas Solidarias >>
Ante la crisis de COVID-19, necesitamos tu ayuda para apoyar a campesinos mexicanos, pacientes y personal médico, por medio de comidas nutritivas y gratuitas.
USA: #ChefsForAmerica >>
#ChefsForAmerica is making a key connection between people who need meals and restaurant workers and drivers who need to earn a living.
USA: The LEE Initiative’s Restaurant Workers Relief Program >>
This program has turned restaurants across the country into relief centers with local chefs for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay. They are offering help for those in need of food and supplies. Each night, they pack hundreds of to-go meals that people can come to pick up and take home. 
USA: Restaurants Working in a New Capacity to Keep New York City Fed During COVID-19 >>
The restaurant and food industry in New York City has been deeply impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center has compiled a list of restaurants that have shifted to relief work along with the hospitals or other services they are supporting and how you can contribute. 
Click here to send us volunteer opportunities or stories of service from your country.
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