More than half of businesses closed during the epidemic will not reopen

The review site has been monitoring detainees since March. Businesses can update their status to temporarily or permanently close down on Yelp.

As of August 31, about 163,700 businesses on Yelp have closed since March 1, with the company saying that with a 23% increase since July 10. Nearly 98,000 people say they have closed their doors for good.

Of all closed businesses, there are approximately 32,100 restaurants, and close to 19,600, or about 61%, are closed permanently.

On August 31, 2020, a table in a permanently closed restaurant in Manhattan in New York City is empty.

According to Yelp, some eateries have fared better than others: Pizzerias, Delis, food trucks, bakeries, and coffee shops worked better than Mexican restaurants, breakfast and brunch spots, burger or sandwich shops, or eateries Are those who focus on sweets.

Restaurant groups have warned that many eateries will not survive the outbreak from the epidemic.

This week, the National Restaurant Association said that 100,000 restaurants have either closed permanently or long-term, saying the sector is on track to lose $ 240 billion in sales this year.

Several factors have made it particularly difficult for restaurants that operate on razor-thin margins, even at the best of times, to make it through the disruption.

Previously, according to the Consumers Association, they are spending less on eating out. Some people may experience unsafe eating in restaurants at this time. According to a recent study by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, adults who tested positive for Kovid-19 were more likely to report a meal in a restaurant 14 days before becoming ill than those who tested negative Was almost double.
Meanwhile, restaurant owners have had to invest in new items such as personal protective equipment for employees, outdoor seating, plexiglass dividers for indoor spaces, and new technology for contactless payments. And fewer customers are allowed into the restaurant itself. Seating capacity in areas that allow indoor food has been caped so that customers and employees can follow the rules of social balance.

Retail operators are also struggling. About 30,400 shopping and retail establishments on Yelp have closed since March 1, with about 17,500 or 58% of them permanently. According to statistics, cities have been hit particularly hard. Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Miami have all seen particularly high numbers of businesses go on permanent ceasefire.