Everything We Know About How to Eat and Drink Under Coronavirus

Here's all the most up-to-date information we have on bars, restaurants, and grocery store in the time of coronavirus.

How To Eat and Drink Under Coronavirus
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The information in this story is accurate as of press time. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve, data and best practices may have changed since publication. While Food & Wine is trying to keep our stories as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations for their own communities by using the CDC, WHO, and their local public health department as resources. Updated as of March 17 at 3:30 pm.

The way that everyday life looks in the United States today is radically different than just a week ago, or even a few days ago, thanks to growing alarm about the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what, as of right now, we know about the state of dining out, delivery, going to bars, and cooking under the shadow of the coronavirus.

All the Places Where Bars and Restaurants Are Closed Except for Delivery and Takeout

In many places, including New York City, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, restaurants and bars have shuttered to sit-down patrons, and are only allowed takeout and delivery options.

Read more: Restaurant Closures: All the States That Have Closed Restaurants and Bars Due to Coronavirus

The Safest Way to Order Delivery

With restaurants pivoting to delivery, diners are wondering the best ways to reduce risk for delivery workers, and for people at home. Here's what you should know about no-contact delivery methods.

Read more: Ordering Delivery: How to Minimize Risk for You and Your Driver

How to Support Local Restaurants Without Leaving Home

The restaurant industry has been hit hard by efforts to curb the spread of the pandemic, and your local restaurant needs your support right now more than ever. Here are some ways to support them while maintaining social distancing practices.

Read More: 12 Ways to Support Restaurants Without Leaving Your Home

Major Grocery Stores Are Changing Hours Due to High Demand

As people across the country flooded grocery aisles to buy up pasta, toilet paper, beans, rice, and other items, grocery stores are feeling the strain. Many have announced reduced hours to allow employees to restock the shelves.

Read more: Major Grocery Store Chains Are Changing Hours Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

How to Shop for Food Safely During the Coronavirus

Even in places hardest hit by the coronavirus, pharmacies and grocery stores have remained open as essential services. Here’s what you should know about how to safely shop for food during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read more: How to Shop for Food Safely During the Coronavirus Outbreak

What Restaurants Should Know About Coronavirus

The service industry has been hit particularly hard by social distancing measures required to slow the spread of the virus. Here’s a guide for restaurants on what to do under these new restraints.

Read more: The F&W Pro Guide to Coronavirus: What Restaurants Should Know

All the Major Food Events Canceled or Postponed Because of Coronavirus

From the James Beard awards to local food festivals, many food events have been called off or postponed to comply with CDC guidelines. Here’s our ongoing list of which festivals have canceled or rescheduled.

Read more: All the Major Food Events Cancelled or Postponed Due to Coronavirus

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