Latest Food services regulation News

4 businesses fined for ‘willful’ COVID-19 violations

Jun. 08, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The State of Oregon said this week it has fined four more businesses a combined $44,600 for what the state considers “willful” violations of regulations meant to protect workers from COVID-19. The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health...

Restaurants want to keep takeout drink orders flowing

Jun. 04, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's restaurant industry, with the backing of some lawmakers, wants to extend a pandemic state-of-emergency rule that allows eateries to sell alcohol along with takeout orders. With indoor dining banned or limited for long stretches...

California to allow sale of to-go cocktails through 2021

Jun. 03, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — There's one pandemic change that Californians are sure to toast: The to-go cocktail. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that the state will continue allowing restaurants to sell takeout alcohol and keep expanded outdoor dining through...

Restaurants pay workers, penalties for labor violations

Jun. 02, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Sixty-eight employees of two Manchester restaurants have been paid nearly $264,000 in back wages after their employers were found to have violated federal minimum wage and overtime laws. Puerto Vallarta Mexican Grill and Nuevo Vallarta Mexican...

Editorial Roundup: New England

May. 28, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. May 26, 2021. Editorial: CT lavishes former UConn presidents with cushy jobs You’d never know this state is often in financial straits by the way its flagship university spends wildly on some of its faculty, namely its...

Carry-out alcohol from restaurants becomes permanently legal

May. 26, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska restaurants can now offer carry-out alcohol permanently under a new state law inspired by Gov. Pete Ricketts' efforts to help struggling businesses during the pandemic. Ricketts announced Wednesday that he signed the measure into law. It...

Baker proposes legislation to extend some emergency measures

May. 25, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is filing legislation to extend several pandemic-related emergency measures put in place via executive order that are set to expire next month when the state of emergency will end, the administration said Tuesday. The legislation...

Ducey signs bill letting restaurants sell cocktails to go

May. 21, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Come fall, Arizona residents who want to have their favorite restaurant deliver a meal to their home may also be able to get a cocktail delivered. Credit the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to issue an executive order last...

Kansas governor signs legislation keeping cocktails to go

May. 19, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — People will be able to get beer and cocktails to go in Kansas after the coronavirus pandemic thanks to a measure signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Laura Kelly. The new law will allow to-go beer and alcoholic drinks from clubs, bars and restaurants...

Restrictions reimposed as virus resurges in much of Asia

May. 19, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taxi drivers are starved for customers, weddings are suddenly canceled, schools are closed, and restaurant service is restricted across much of Asia as the coronavirus makes a resurgence in countries where it had seemed to be well under control. ...