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Restaurant Association Urges Mayors To Assist Operators in Offering Outdoor Dining

The National Restaurant Association is calling on mayors to help local businesses by allowing them to offer outdoor dining for as long as possible.

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Texas Executive Order Says No to Vaccine Mandates

As the federal government is in the process of implementing a vaccine mandate for all companies with more than 100 employees, Texas is saying it’s not going to happen.

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Biden Administration Announces Ports, Goods Carriers Are Moving to 24/7 Hours

Just weeks after NAFEM and three other major manufacturers called on the federal government to address worsening supply chain challenges, it appears steps are being taken.

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New California Legislation Makes Pandemic-Era Modifications Permanent

California restaurant operators will be able to continue serving alcohol in outdoor dining settings and selling alcohol with to-go orders, thanks to recently signed legislation.

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McDonald’s Canada Is Getting Rid of Plastic Cutlery, Stir Sticks and Straws by December

McDonald’s Canada is saying goodbye to plastic cutlery (except its McFlurry spoons), stir sticks and straws and replacing them with wooden and paper alternatives by December.

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Most Operators Don’t Agree With New Federal Vaccine Mandates, Says Black Box’s Survey

Most operators aren't in favor of the new federal rule that will affect businesses with 100 or more employees by requiring staff to be vaccinated or requiring the unvaccinated to take weekly COVID tests.

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McDonald’s Aims for Net Zero Emissions by 2050

This pledge will ramp up the brand’s current goals, which include a 36% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in its restaurants and offices by 2030.

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Restaurant Association Tells Congress ‘Recovery Is Moving in Reverse’

The National Restaurant Association sent a letter to Congressional leaders on Wednesday to deliver a grim message: Restaurant recovery is moving in reverse, and the Build Back Better Act could make it worse.

Manufacturing Associations Say Biden Administration Must Act on Supply Chain Challenges

NAFEM joined with three other major manufacturing associations to ask for immediate action by the Biden administration to address supply chain challenges.

NAFEM Urges EPA To Fully Consider the Impacts, Timing Associated With Its HFC Phasedown

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule on Sept. 23 to cap and phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons, commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases.

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