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Foodservice sector braces for impact as US COVID-19 cases spike by Christine Blank July 02,2020   |  Source: SeafoodSource

A recent spike in U.S. COVID-19 cases has put the domestic foodservice sector back on the defensive.

Some U.S. restaurants are voluntarily re-closing their dining rooms – and many states and cities are now requiring masks in all public places – as cases jumped nationwide in the past week.

As of 30 June, the U.S. has more than 2.5 million COVID-19 cases and at least 126,140 deaths from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. Also on 30 June, U.S. COVID-19 cases rose by more than 40,000 in one day for the fourth time in the past five days, BBC reported.

At least 16 states have paused or rolled back reopening plans in response to a surge in new coronavirus infections, according to a CNN report. Those states include Arizona, Texas, California, Florida, New York, and New Jersey.

New Jersey Governor Philip D. Murphy said plans to allow indoor dining to resume on Thursday, 2 July, would be postponed “indefinitely,” The New York Times reported. New York City officials will make a decision on whether or not to allow indoor restaurant dining rooms to re-open on 1 July. Indoor dining is allowed in the rest of the state. And late last week, California and Florida ordered all bars to close again – except for to-go orders. Texas restaurants can now only operate


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