Restaurants seen needing new lifeline as Delta variant keeps grip on economy

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For , it’s starting to feel more like March 2020 than September 2021.

Cities across the country have tightened up on mask wearing, or are insisting on COVID-19 vaccination status as a way to instill confidence among customers and protect the community. However, in some regions, as the Delta variant casts a new cloud over the industry’s outlook.

In a consumer survey recently conducted by the National Restaurant Association, 19% of respondents said they’ve stopped going out to eat in response to the new wave of cases, and 37% said they are ordering takeout instead of dining in.

With fewer people dining out; revenues have started to fall as well. A , and are in need of help.

“Getting people in the doors, we were averaging prior to COVID anywhere between 60 to 80 covers a day during our peak hours,” Antwan Smalls, who co-owns My Three Sons restaurant in North Charleston, South Carolina, told Yahoo Finance in an interview.

“Right now that’s been…

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