The Service Industry Shows Record Employment
A record 7.6 percent of Americans now work in food services and drinking establishments. A large part of America is simply trying to get by and this population doing so is growing. The service industry and event staffing have been hit extremely hard by the restrictions brought on by COVID-19.
“America’s restaurant and food-service industry is home to nearly 16 million trained and skilled employees, and the industry is a key economic driver in communities,” said Mollie O’Dell, a spokeswoman for the National Restaurant Association, a Washington D.C.-based industry organization. “We are carefully monitoring the impact that COVID-19 will have on our workforce.
Open Events No Matter the Cost to Become Compliant
Many are welcoming the news of more re-openings as a positive sign. As the uncertainty over the spread of COVID-19 continues, the event industry is contemplating their action to move forward or put on the brakes for a bit longer. The less limited capacity restrictions are good for business but may come with dire consequences. Some studies have shown that in some enclosed sites even 50 feet away was enough to cause infection and in some cases, death from the virus. The recommended restrictions set forth for continuing social distancing coupled with the task of continual sanitizing is looming heavily over the industry. All entities must move toward becoming COVID compliant event staffing companies.
Some in Dallas May Heed the Warnings
Those directly impacted by COVID-19, feel they cannot justify events coming back before a cure, a vaccine or herd immunity is reached. The risks and concerns event attendees and staff are feeling is understandable. Enclosed environments with poor air circulation and a high density of people, are breeding grounds for the virus to be released in the air. Therefore, some will not proceed with their indoor gatherings such as weddings, birthdays and funerals. With outdoor events, COVID compliance with social distancing and sanitizing could be more easily facilitated.