Pandemic 'lifeline' for restaurants nears an end
Outdoor dining has saved restaurants that would have likely closed due to COVID-19 distancing restrictions, but winter weather threatens to bring that to an end.
make a Italian me a restaurant in New Milford, Connecticut, Outdoor dining has been a lifeline during the Cova 19 pandemic, but there's a reality toe life in New England. Temperatures will plunge outdoor heaters air, helping to stretch the season well into fall. You can't survive without them right now in the winter is gonna be tough. 100,000 restaurants have closed during the pandemic. Some will never come back every day. I'm getting a phone call from a restaurant operator who is making a business decision as to whether they can keep their doors open two weeks from now. Has the White House and Congress negotiate another possible relief bill? Sean Kennedy, with the National Restaurant Association, says the crisis in his industry is about to get worse. Ah, lot of restaurants have used outdoor dining or expanded Outdoor dining is a small lifeline to allow them to keep their doors open. That's not gonna be an option. Uh, in just a few more weeks. And for a lot of restaurants that revenue is absolutely critical to staying, keeping their doors open in cold weather areas. Restaurateurs air getting creative from igloos in Boston, toe huts in Chicago and even bubbles in New York. The weather inside the bubble is about 78 10 degrees warmer. Do feel safe inside the bubble, for sure. With Mawr walls even outside, there's more risk. The minute did you start putting walls up. Even if they are tent walls, you're also creating a much more enclosed space, which will allow the virus to build up more quickly. It all has people in the restaurant industry hoping for an end to the pandemic and mild weather. Until that happens, Chris Pallone, NBC News.