Wearing Mask, More Numbers and a Fair Parade

A handmade poster at Sebastian Joes in Linden Hills added some much needed humor and charm to strict rules.

As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, Minnesotans are required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless you are alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Research has shown that use of face coverings can greatly reduce the risk of infection when combined with other prevention efforts such as social distancing and hand hygiene.

Looking at the numbers:

From restaurant research firm, The NPD Group, out of Illinois:

·         Major restaurant chain customer transactions fell -11% versus the prior year in the week ending July 5, compared to a -16% decline in the first week of the month (the week ending June 7), and a decline of -44% the week ending April 12, the low point of the COVID-19 disruption.  The most recent week, ending July 19, customer transactions at major U.S. restaurant chains declined by -12% compared to year ago, the sixth week of no significant improvement in declines.   

·         Digital orders increased from 5% in January 2020 (pre-crisis) to 13% in June 2020; down 2 percentage points from May 2020. Delivery in the month of June made up 7% of traffic versus 3% in January. In an environment in which total industry traffic fell by -14%, once again traffic levels more than doubled at the delivery occasion and digital occasion versus year ago.

·         For June 2020, on-premises accounted for 12% of visits (up versus 5% in April 2020), whereas in January 2020 it accounted for 33% of visits. At FSR, the previous shift from lunch to dinner continued to reverse during the month of June, with dinner now accounting for 48% of visits vs. 46% pre-crisis.  

Like all fundraisers during the pandemic, The  Taste Fore the Tour became a virtual event this year. And while the event and its silent auction is over for the year, there’s still time to donate to VEAP. A $10 donation provides 10 days of meals, and $120 donation feeds a family of four for a month. The event is part of Taste of the NFL, except for golfers. To donate to this worthy cause, go to www.tasteforethetour.com

VEAP is a basic needs and social services organization whose programs promote access to healthy foods, stable housing and other supportive services. 

Food vendors who count on the State Fair for a good portion of their income, don’t have to lose out completely due to the cancellation of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

For two weekends—August 20-23, 27-30 and September 3-7—the fair will open its gates for a 1.5 mile drive-thru with entertainment along the parade route and the option to indulge in fair favorites from16 food vendors. Here’s how it works: Fair lovers buy a $20 ticket (plus a $5 combined facility and service fee) for entry, which includes up to five people per vehicle. Tickets are good for a certain date and timeframe. They go on sale July 31.

Guests stay in their car and order food from the stations of their choice (the cost of the food is not included in the cover charge). Menus are distributed at the check in and guests indicate what they want to purchase from each vendor. Vehicles can park briefly to enjoy the food before exiting onto Hoyt Avenue.

Masks are encouraged, especially for the driver, and have both cash and credit cards available for payment.

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