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More than half of businesses that closed during the pandemic won't reopen

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 31: A table stands empty at a permanently closed restaurant in Manhattan on August 31, 2020 in New York City. While New York City restaurants are currently permitted to serve take-out and to offer sidewalk dining, they are not allowed to offer indoor dining due to Covid-19 and there are currently no plans to let them begin indoor dining. As restaurants across the city continue to suffer financially and to close, a group of 100 restaurant owners from Brooklyn and Staten Island have banded together to launch a class-action lawsuit against the city over its refusal to allow indoor dining. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

About 60% of businesses that have closed during the coronavirus pandemic will never reopen, and restaurants have suffered the most, according to new data from Yelp.

New York (CNN Business)About 60% of businesses that have closed during the coronavirus pandemic will never reopen, and restaurants have suffered the most, according to new data from Yelp.

Businesses can update their status to temporarily or permanently closed on Yelp.

As of August 31, nearly 163,700 businesses on Yelp have closed since March 1, the company said, marking a 23% increase from July 10.

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

According to Yelp, some eateries have fared better than others: Pizzerias, delis, food trucks, bakeries and coffee shop have done better overall than Mexican restaurants, breakfast and brunch spots, burger or sandwich shops or eateries that focus on dessert.

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

A number of factors have made it especially difficult for restaurants, which tend to operate on razor-thin margins even in the best of times, to make it through the disruption.

According to a recent study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults who tested positive for Covid-19 were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant in the 14 days before becoming ill than those who tested negative.

Meanwhile, restaurant owners have had to invest in new items like personal protective equipment for staff, outdoor seating, plexiglass dividers for indoor spaces and new tech for contactless payment.

And fewer customers are allowed in restaurant themselves.

About 30,400 shopping and retail establishments on Yelp have closed since March 1, about 17,500, or 58% of them permanently.

Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Miami have all seen especially high numbers of businesses permanently cease operations.

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