Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information + Resources for Restaurants

The restaurant industry is one of the most highly trained industries in matters of disease transmission and prevention. Our industry and our employees are highly regulated, and we are already utilizing proven methods to prevent the spread of disease. Continue to follow sanitation procedures outlined by the health code. Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transferred to humans through food.
The CDC is asking for Employers to work with their local and state health departments to ensure appropriate local protocols are followed, including for identification of new potential cases of COVID-19. If you have an employee who tests positive for COVID-19, contact the Georgia Department of Public Health at 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584).
COVID-19 INFORMATION + RESOURCES
Coronavirus 101 (courtesy of GRA members Castellucci Hospitality Group and R.O. Hospitality)
Wash Your Lyrics: turns your favorite song lyrics into a 20-second hand washing poster (thanks to GRA member Unsukay Concepts for sharing this site)
COMMUNICATIONS TO CUSTOMERS + MEDIA
The National Restaurant Association has provided talking points that can help you speak with guests, and communicate that guest health and safety is of utmost priority.
You may also want to consider a personalized message to your guests letting them know what extra precautions that your establishment is taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We’ve seen some restaurants start to do this through in-house signage and social media.
WEBINARS
Centers for Disease Control
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update From CDC
Monday, March 16 | 3:00PM - 4:30PM (ET)
National Restaurant Association
Coronavirus: Industry Readiness and Response 
ServSafe
Preparing for the Coronavirus: Steps for Foodservice and Restaurant Readiness
WHAT THE GRA IS DOING
The GRA has sent letters to Georgia Congressional members and state leaders with solutions for economic relief that could positively impact restaurants. See an example.
We are in constant communication with State and Local health departments. Georgia Department of Public Health is creating a document which will outline guidance for restaurants, including best practices and FAQs. We will post the document to this page and social media channels as soon as it is available.
Please reach out to us at info@garestaurants.org or (404) 467-9000 if you have questions or any updates you'd like us to be aware of. Thank you for being diligent during this time and for continuing to be the heartbeat of Georgia's communities.