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This week's top 10: States reopen and restaurants get used to new guidelines, Treasury Dept. comments on PPP loans

A new relief fund to aid New York area restaurants, new lawsuits against insurers, James Beard Foundation announces finalists and more trending stories from this week.

This week, more states began to lift coronavirus-related restrictions and restaurants had to figure out the new world of dine in operations.

Editors at both Restaurant Hospitality and Nation's Restaurant News have been carefully tracking regulations for restaurants and bars across each state as they are announced. Check out the list here and stay tuned for the latest developments next week.

It wasn't smooth sailing across states like Georgia and Tennessee as they opened doors as many restaurant owners were faced with issues of liability, worker strikes, supply chain issues (the infamous beef shortage earlier this week is just one of them) and more. These challenges, plus the newest guidelines from the CDC, were covered in this week's episode of the podcast, Working Lunch. Listen to how some of these challenges can be met here.

Paycheck Payment Protection loans haven't left the news just yet either. After applications reopened on April 27, the Treasury Department announced it would be auditing any business that received over $2 million in loans after a flurry of large restaurant groups received the maximum loan amount while independent operators were largely left out. The latest development in the PPP saga was an announcement from the Treasury Department gave guidance on workers who reject an offer of reemployment.

See what else was trending this week on Restaurant Hospitality.

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