Certain Italian Regions Ease COVID-19 Restrictions and Reopen Restaurants, Museums

Italy began a slight return to normalcy this week, emerging from a COVID-19 lockdown that began before Christmas.

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Cafes, museums, and bars reopened for customers, albeit with precautions still in place. Most Italian regions shifted to “yellow” precautions on Monday morning. And locals were happy to be back in public after months under strict lockdown rules.


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“We couldn’t wait,” a local in Rome told The Associated Press on the morning that cafes reopened. “Look, the very first morning I am here with my papa getting a cappuccino, sitting at a table, outside.”

Attractions like the Colosseum and Roman Forum are also open.

Tuscany entered the “yellow” zone last week. On Monday, the famed Uffizi Gallery in Florence reported that about 7,300 people had visited the museum on its first days of opening. The museum is only open

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Chef Darrell Smith Talks The Future Of Restaurants Post COVID-19

“I went into this industry to become a chef because I figured people will always need to eat, I will always have a job. Well, this is the first time that restaurants have closed, we’ve never seen anything like this where people just weren’t eating at restaurants anymore and were instead eating at home.”

Chef Darrell Smith (also known as Chef DAS) has cooked for the Obamas and Oprah, served as the personal chef to Diddy, founded his own culinary seasoning company, Spice Sack, appeared numerous times on the Food Network, and has even published his own cookbook. But nothing could prepare him for the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had on our restaurant industry. According to data collected by the National Restaurant Association, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the U.S. Census Bureau and compiled by Statista, the foodservice industry lost an astronomical 130 billion in

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The state of Portland restaurants amid COVID-19 restrictions

“It’s a very tricky business in the best of times, so when it’s like this it’s almost impossible,” said Renata owner and chef Sandra Arnerich.

PORTLAND, Ore — The longer the pandemic drags on, more Portland restaurants close their doors. While more than 330 opened in 2020, more than 500 Portland restaurants closed — more than any year since 2011, according to the best available data from the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA).

Already in 2021, ORLA says almost 90 restaurants have shut their doors.

A city famed for its flavorful scene has drawn foodies from near and far in recent years. But today, the scene looks starkly different.

“There are people who have to lose their entire business and their dream and everything they worked hard for,” said Renata owner/chef Sandra Arnerich.

“We were a thriving business. All of downtown was a thriving place to be, that’s where

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COVID-19 pandemic means we will be cooking from home for a very long time

The cooking from home surge that has commenced this year due to COVID-19 is likely here to stay for some time, thinks the chairman and CEO of spice maker McCormick.

“All aspects of cooking at home continue to be strong. Consumers are still concerned about their health. Many of the food service venues are closed and headlines we’re seeing is all about the resurgence of the virus. People will be cooking at home for a very long time. This isn’t bad news for them,” said Lawrence Kurzius on Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade. “McCormick has gained market share. People are coming back more. All of that says consumers are trying our brands and like them enough to buy them again. And clearly they are having a good experience. For many, it will be a new habit.”

McCormick is days removed from its fiscal second quarter earnings, which underscored Kurzius’

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