Manning Brothers is open to serve our customers during this difficult time. We are taking orders by phone, email, or here at www.manningbrothers.com. While maintaining social distancing, we can deliver (in our regular delivery areas), ship, or hold your order for in-store pickup. We also ask that you wear a mask in our store to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
*** If you would like us to bring your items out to your vehicle, please call ahead so we can make the necessary arrangements. Thank you!
The Georgia Restaurant Association has a great blog specifically about the Covid-19 situation, updated regularly, with the latest information about closing, re-opening, and surviving this crisis. Click here to check it out.
Click here for information specifically for caterers, from the International Caterers Association.
Here are 5 important tips for restaurants dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and its fallout, from one experienced restaurant group:
1. Take a full inventory of all products within your establishment. This is especially important as it pertains to products that will go to waste.
2. If you have multiple locations be extremely diligent in your ordering of both ingredients and supplies. Share resources between locations, whenever possible.
3. File a claim with your insurance even if there is a specific clause that states you cannot. He says that this ensures that you have gone on record showing that your business has suffered damage due to the ban.
4. Ask for payment terms or use credit cards when necessary. This will ease much of the cash flow strain restaurants will be experiencing.
5. Preserve your cash. This is a crucial piece of survival for restaurants in this time of crisis. Hold on to your cash and look at all financing options.
Click here to read the complete article.
Click here for information from the FDA about food safety during this pandemic. There is a lot of good, important information in a question-and-answer format.
From the FDA, March 17, 2020:
Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.
Unlike foodborne gastrointestinal (GI) viruses like norovirus and hepatitis A that often make people ill through contaminated food, SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, is a virus that causes respiratory illness. Foodborne exposure to this virus is not known to be a route of transmission.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. This includes between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. However, it’s always critical to follow the 4 key steps of food safety—clean, separate, cook, and chill – to prevent foodborne illness.
Here is an extensive compilation of national and state-by-state resources related to Covid-19, including financial assistance available for specific occupations and businesses.
Stay safe, look out for your neighbors, and we will get through this!
The Manning Brothers family