100,000 restaurants close because of coronavirus pandemic

Industry on track to lose $240 billion by end of year, association says

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A new survey shows the coronavirus has left the restaurant industry in limbo.

The National Restaurant Association released the results of its survey Tuesday.

The group says nearly 100,000 restaurants have closed either permanently or for the long-term because of the pandemic.

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That’s left nearly three million employees out of work.

The survey looks at six months following the first mandatory shutdown in most states.

They found that most restaurants are still struggling, and they don’t expect their situations to improve.

Sales overall are still down.

According to the National Restaurant Association, the industry is on track to lose $240 billion by the end of the year.