Restaurants have already permanently closed due to covid-19
Now is the time to support your local eatery, folks
We’ve all read the stories of restaurant shutdowns and food service workers being laid off. But if you were wondering exactly how the covid-19 pandemic is affecting restaurants, we might just have our first real insight. And it’s not looking good folks.
Three percent of restaurants around the country have closed for good, according to a survey released by the National Restaurant Association.
The organisation surveyed 4,000 restaurant owners in the US and made the discovery that 3% of them have already had to permanently close their restaurants. Another 11% say they expect to close within the next 30 days.
As we’ve seen, because of the shut-downs, many restaurants have switched to delivery and takeout orders (although the survey found that only 54% of operators changed their business model to off-premises only; not all eateries are able to do so). Many have also had to decrease their staff and reduce their operating hours.
According to the National Restaurant Association, around half of restaurant owners/operators “anticipate more layoffs and hourly reductions over the next 30 days.”
The association produced this infographic which states: “The restaurant industry has lost more than three million jobs and $25 million in sales since March.”
But it’s not all doom and gloom: a $2 trillion stimulus package that was passed this week may provide some relief for the industry. And there are plenty of ways you can support your local eateries. I rounded some of them up at the end of this post.