Government shutdown orders will likely doom most small restaurants

TOWNHALL columnist Ellie Bufkin warns in a recent column that a majority of small independent restaurants will not survive the government’s COVID-19 lockdowns and shutdowns.

“Simply put, keeping six feet apart at all times with half the dining room closed is a practice that is mutually exclusive of financial survival for any restaurant.”

A new report released by the Independent Restaurant Coalition estimates that 85 percent of small restaurants will be closed by the end of 2020 due to the government’s COVID-19 shutdown orders.

“Even if restaurants returned to normal operations with no regulations immediately, the report says, the damage done by months of closures has already sealed their fate.”