RT @GavinSBaker: Opentable data shows restaurant diners on 3/12 were down:
-47% YoY in Boston
-51% YoY in San Francisco
-52% YoY in New York
-58% YoY in Seattle
As far as I know, this is unprecedented. Thought the slowdown would be significant, but still surprised.
Yes! We bought industrial strength wipes and sprays for everything. We have hand sanitizer stations around the property. We stocked up on extra soap and we have plenty of TP! Our housekeepers already wore gloves while cleaning the room obviously, but we’ve mandated extra hand washing as well.
As far as refunds go, every hotel’s policy will be different. We are not refunding non-refundable reservations but instead providing a voucher which can be used within a year.
My fiancée says that’s just the beginning. She manages a fine dining restaurant in Belmont and she says they are down over 70%. For tonight (sat) they typically have 100-130 reservations. As if 9 AM they have 33. And people cancel through the day
I work full-time as a dishwasher about 80 miles from Seattle who is struggling internally with how to deal with the knowledge of what is going on and the risk I put myself in each day. Not to mention the flippant attitude of a few of my coworkers. It's totally demoralizing.
Please stay home. Force businesses to shutter. I know it sucks. I am a regular to the point of eating every day at a local diner. But this is so much larger than a restaurant business. This is about protecting one another so we can see a brighter day. Stay home.
That would close small mom and pop restaurants and people lose their jobs and health insurance. While I think it's good to take precautions and be careful, we can't let the service industry die. I still try and get takeout to help businesses get by.
There is not a single group of people that are not going to effected by this financially, it is more critical to all act fast and make rapid social change to lessen that impact. More people getting infected is not going to help small business long term.
I work in the pizza restaurant business and were a fairly busy and popping place, like literally everyday. A little rush doesnt scare us. But we have been so incredibly busy the last week. It's such a weird phenomenon