Farmers have been struck by the pandemic, which goes double for farmers who have traditionally sold their crops to businesses rather than to individual consumers. For example, in Florida, many farms grow crops destined for use in restaurants, theme parks, and cruise lines, all of which are shuttered due to social distancing requirements.
Prior to the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, concerns were already mounting over the amount of food waste produced by the United States. With the continuing spread of the virus, concerns over food security are ongoing.
The safety of customers and employees has always been important in the restaurant industry. This was true before the pandemic and remains true today.