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Seafood suppliers take another hit as California shuts indoor dining due to COVID-19 by Christine Blank July 14,2020   |  Source: SeafoodSource

Seafood suppliers, distributors, and wholesalers – already reeling from the plunge in foodservice business due to COVID-19 – face more grim news as California orders the closure of restaurants for indoor dining.

On 13 July, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of bars, indoor restaurants, movie theaters, and many other recently reopened businesses across California, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The state’s COVID-19 cases have surged, with more than 8,000 new cases daily and 334,000 total reported cases as of 13 July.

The closure of restaurants in California – the nation's most populous state and the world's fifth-largest economy – is yet another blow to seafood suppliers. New Jersey and New York City also recently voted to allow only outdoor dining, and Florida recently ordered the re-closure of indoor bars – but has stopped short of shutting down restaurant dining rooms.

"California won't be the last state to reverse or delay the return of independent restaurants and bars, and that's exactly why Congress needs to pass a relief program for our industry," Caroline Styne, member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition Advisory Board and chef/partner of the Los Angeles-based Lucques Group, said in an IRC statement provided to


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