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North Dakota governor changes tack and issues mask mandate

BISMARCK, N.D. — After months of resisting ordering the people of North Dakota to wear masks and limit the size of gatherings, the state's Republican governor relented in an effort to stem a coronavirus surge that is among the worst in the U.S. and that threatens to overwhelm the state's hospitals.

Restaurant boosters urge Gov. Jay Inslee not to order closures ahead of holidays

The Washington Hospitality Association, an industry group representing restaurants and other service businesses statewide, asked Gov. Jay Inslee not to move to more restrictive measures on eateries because of their relative safety. Closing restaurants to dine-in patrons, as was done in the first few months of the pandemic, would result in the loss of 100,000 jobs, the group's president and chief executive officer told reporters Friday. 

South Bronx restaurant turns into soup kitchen to help poor

NEW YORK – The special dish at La Morada, a small Mexican restaurant in the Bronx, varies from day to day: Perhaps it’s enfrijoladas, handmade tortillas covered with black bean sauce and pico de gallo. Or beef with a side salad.

Fed survey finds tepid growth as U.S. economy battles pandemic

A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions around the country found that the U.S. economy grew at a “slight to modest” pace in September and early October, but also documented many areas of economic activity hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic.

300 Pizza Huts, mostly dine-in locations, to close

Up to 300 Pizza Hut restaurants will be closed, most of them dine-in locations not well suited for carryout and delivery at a time when millions of people are sheltering and eating at home.

Businesses to turn away customers without masks amid virus

OLYMPIA – Businesses in Washington are now required to refuse service to customers who don’t wear facial coverings, under a statewide order that took effect Tuesday and was issued in response to a spike in the number of new coronavirus cases.

Starbucks adds plant-based meat to U.S. menu

The Seattle coffee chain said Tuesday that a breakfast sandwich made with imitation sausage from Redwood City, California-based Impossible Foods is now available at a majority of its U.S. restaurants. 

Some states hit pause, others press on amid spike in virus

AUSTIN, Texas – Utah and Oregon put any further reopening of their economies on hold amid a spike in coronavirus cases, but there was no turning back Friday in such states as Texas, Arkansas and Arizona despite warning signs there, too.