Staggered schedules in which groups of students attend school in person a few days each week could slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to a report for the Pennsylvania Department of Education published by the US Department of Education's research arm. The analysis, which focused on Pennsylvania schools, could have broader applications as districts in the nation weigh potential options to safely reopen their schools.
Starbucks will require customers at its 8,900 company-owned stores in the US to wear masks starting July 15. The company will supply stores with signage about the new policy, along with information for defusing incidents where patrons refuse to follow the rule.
Shake Shack has created the Shake Camp box to help entertain families stuck at home this summer. The $79 box includes a slew of supplies and inspiration, from components for a lemonade stand to ideas for community involvement, and it also includes $75 worth of Shake Shack coupons that can be used online.
School nutrition professionals in a Tennessee district have served over 1 million meals since the coronavirus pandemic began to affect the area. More than 250,000 meals have been served since Hamilton County Schools transitioned to its summer-meal pickup program in May.
Wineries in Spain, deemed essential operations amid the coronavirus pandemic-related lockdown but which nevertheless lost about two-thirds of sales by value during the period, are grappling with how to keep business going now that the country is reopening. Most vintners face a surplus of wine for the 2020 harvest, prompting Spain's Denominacions de Origin to implement measures "to reduce yields of next harvest to mitigate the risk of oversupply and minimize potential downward pressures on prices as much as possible," said Bodegas Juan Gil winery general manager Miguel Gil.
Frugalpac's recycled paperboard wine bottle -- dubbed the Frugal Bottle -- could upend reliance on glass bottles by reducing carbon emissions by 84%, based on a Life Cycle Analysis performed by Intertek. In addition, the entire bottle including its plastic liner is recyclable as well as the packaging is up to five times lighter than and is "comparable in cost" to traditional bottles, the company noted.
New York City officials have indoor dining on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, so Daniel Boulud made adjustments to his restaurant Daniel to give diners the white tablecloth experience outdoors. Boulud also opened a seasonal pop-up restaurant in The Berkshires in Massachusetts, and Bar Boulud has been serving patrons on New York's Upper West Side since the city resumed outdoor dining.
Seattle fine-dining eatery Canlis is keeping its dining room closed and instead has turned its parking lot into the Canlis Crab Shack. The outdoor, reservations-only dining area will serve masked patrons at socially distanced tables with built-in hand sanitizer pumps, and the restaurant will do temperature checks on both employees and customers before serving the $59.95-per-person crab feast.
Before the pandemic, 20-year-old fast-casual concept Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken was shifting into growth mode with plans to diversify into ghost kitchens. Closing the dining room and shifting to takeout- and delivery-only offered valuable insights as the Los Angeles-based chain moves forward with the ghost kitchen concept, owner Vincent Williams said.
Students in a North Carolina district are receiving free summer meals at six school sites and via three delivery vans that bring meals directly to neighborhoods. Lauren Weyand, Craven County Schools' nutrition director, said the school system saw a greater need for meals during prolonged school closures stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted the district to add delivery service to the summer food program.
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