Peter Romeo

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Peter Romeo is director of digital content of the foodservice group of Winsight Media, with responsibility for the content of Restaurant Business and FoodService Director magazines,, and the Restaurant Leadership Conference. The multi-media job caps a 34-year career as a business journalist, including 28 years as a chain-restaurant specialist for such information channels as Nation’s Restaurant News, QSR magazine, and the website of the National Restaurant Association. Romeo’s columns during an earlier stint at Restaurant Business earned him two Jesse H. Neal Awards, business publishing’s equivalent of the Pulitzers. He graduated from New York University in 1979 with honors in history and journalism, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He resides in the New York City suburb of Port Washington with his wife, Holly Klokis; four rescued greyhounds; and four ne’er-do-well, slightly nervous cats.

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What's different with this round of dine-in bans?

The foodservice industry is well into a second wave of indoor-dining shutdowns. Here are five ways how this sweep might be different from the experience in March and April.


Ohio, New York slate shutdown if coronavirus infections fail to slow

The advisories came as California suspended dine-in service in highly populated San Diego County.

Ghost kitchens and other adjustments to new realities are bringing permanent shifts in diner behavior, according to a new study.

The agency has added airborne contamination as an indoor danger, though a lesser one.

Single-use plastic straws would also be prohibited under the measure, which has not yet been signed into law by Gov. Murphy.

The state is one of several that have lifted restrictions on foodservice operations this week.

The assessment applies to both indoor and outdoor dining, and calls for measures to offset the inability of diners to wear masks while eating.

The city is holding a $5,000 contest to spur unorthodox thinking.

The moves are part of a recent spate of new government actions aimed at restaurant guests, employees and operators.

California has suspended dine-in service across the state, and other jurisdictions, such as Texas, say they may have to take the same route to temper the surge.

The Federal Trade Commission warns that con artists and consumer collaborators are presenting bogus passes.

The actions are the latest indications that many areas now believe they were too quick to ease social-distancing requirements and other safeguards.

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