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94% restaurant employees furloughed due to coronavirus, reports say

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Posted at 6:12 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 18:12:12-04

Many businesses throughout Virginia have made adjustments in response to coronavirus. The virus has led to many employees being furloughed and many restaurants having to adjust.

According to a study released by Virginia Restaurant, Lodging, and Travel Association in partnership with National Restaurant Association, 94% of Virginia restaurant operators say they have laid off employees since the beginning of the outbreak.

21% of operators anticipate laying off or furloughing additional employees during the next 30 days.

The National Restaurant Association estimates that more than 237,000 restaurant employees in Virginia have been laid off or furloughed since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in March. This represents at least 78 percent of the 305,000 employees that were working at Virginia’s eating and drinking places in February.

The National Restaurant Association estimates that the Virginia restaurant and food service industry will lose more than $1.3 billion in sales in April, if the trends continue through the end of the month.

According to the study, 32% percent of operators anticipate temporarily closing their restaurant during the next 30 days. 3% of operators say they will permanently close within the next thirty days.