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A Check In With The Restaurant And Service Industry: Will The Stimulus Package Help?




A closed restaurant in West Hollywood during the Covid 19 crisis as California is under orders to stay home, March 31, 2020.
A closed restaurant in West Hollywood during the Covid 19 crisis as California is under orders to stay home, March 31, 2020.
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The global coronavirus pandemic has upended the restaurant, bar and service industry, leaving a number of businesses questioning how long they can keep their doors open. 

Many restaurants remain open for curbside and delivery options, but some have had to make serious adjustments to their business models. AirTalk heard from food businesses a couple weeks ago. Many said they were now selling “bake at home” meals and some said they were selling baking and grocery items like butter, eggs and flour. Chinatown businesses have taken a particularly hard hit. Mayor Eric Garcetti last week approved alcohol deliveries from restaurants and expanded eviction moratorium protections as an effort to help the industry.  More than 800,000 people in Los Angeles and Orange counties work in hospitality, 12.7% of our total workforce. Nationwide, that number climbs to approximately 15 million people, making the hospitality industry the fifth largest in the United States. Today on AirTalk, we want to hear from people working in the industry again? How are things faring at this point? Tell us your experience by calling 866-893-5722.

For more information from the California Restaurant Association on restaurants during COVID-19, click here.

With guest host A Martínez

Guest:

Jot Condie, president & CEO of the California Restaurant Association, an advocacy organization for the restaurant industry