Since the first fears of the pandemic emerged in the U.S. in early March, businesses across the US have endured six months of uncertainty. The initial spring shutdowns delivered a strong punch to establishments such as salons, daycare centers, and tattoo parlors.

According to the Local Economic Impact Report by Yelp.com, as many as 97,966 businesses have permanently shut down during the pandemic.

The restaurant industry is among the most impacted with an increasing number of closures – totaling 32,109 closures as of August 31, with 19,590 of these business closures indicated to be permanent (61%). Breakfast and brunch restaurants, burger joints, sandwich shops, dessert places and Mexican restaurants have been shutting down the most but those that are still alive are struggling, too. In order to survive, they must adapt to new regulations and consumer habits. Some, however, are finding really creative ways to deal with these challenges. Especially, when it comes to outdoor dining. Or is it indoor dining? I don't know. I can't tell the difference anymore.

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It’s A Riddle

It’s s riddle

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Average Grizzlies Fan
Community Member
9 months ago

I love dining outside inside!

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Current medical and scientific evidence shows that Covid is spread mainly through respiratory droplets and aerosols that are produced when an infected person exhales. These respiratory droplets and aerosols may remain in the air for long periods of time in indoor spaces, putting other individuals who visit this shared space at risk. Properly worn face coverings help to reduce the spread of these respiratory droplets and aerosols and locating activities outdoors helps to disperse them. Enhancing indoor ventilation and increasing outdoor air exchange in indoor spaces also does the trick, but not as effectively as locating activities outdoors. That's why authorities are forcing dining establishments to change the way they do business.

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Ria C.
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9 months ago

At least they appear to be separated from other tables.

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Fortunately, there are a number of actions restaurants and bars can take to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread. Personal prevention practices (such as handwashing, staying home when sick, and wearing masks) and workplace prevention practices, like environmental cleaning and disinfection, have been proved to prevent the spread of Covid.

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Monika Rhodes
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9 months ago

At least those are separated..

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But with a rise in active coronavirus cases, establishments that took their services outdoors are also threatened. Last week, for example, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommended that restaurants be closed for outdoor on-site dining. That means that the open-air spaces operators have spent thousands to build are no longer considered safe. As a result, business owners started to lose their temper, asking why are they receiving the short end of the stick when grocery stores and retail shops, and outdoor gyms are allowed to remain open with capacity caps in place.

The new rule took effect at 10 p.m. Wednesday and restricts restaurants — along with breweries, wineries, and bars — to takeout and delivery only for the first time since May. It will remain in place for at least three weeks, officials said. Wineries and breweries can continue retail operations.

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Enalpria
Community Member
9 months ago

Wow, lol.

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But let's try to finish off on a high note. Yelp's closure data also shows that demand for home, local and automotive services has remained robust with a far lower rate of closures compared to restaurants and retail. Towing companies, plumbers, and contractors, in particular, have maintained a low rate of closures, with only six to seven out of every thousand businesses closed. Who knows, maybe they will open some cool new restaurants when the pandemic is over.

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Stitches
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9 months ago

That would be absolutely gorgeous if we weren’t in our current situation 😬

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Gon Freecss
Community Member
9 months ago

its outdoor dining that is indoors but the outdoors is somewhat indoors :o

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EmiC _21
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9 months ago

yuckkkkkkkkkkkkk

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Canadian in Cornwall
Community Member
9 months ago

This is great, comedy gold right here

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Hamilton Lover
Community Member
9 months ago

Good question

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Gon Freecss
Community Member
9 months ago

deserved it¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Enalpria
Community Member
9 months ago

Why is it so hard just to place a few tables and chairs lol

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#12

Koreatown’s “Outdoor Dining”

Koreatown’s “outdoor dining”

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Wolfstar
Community Member
9 months ago

I see a person not wearing a mask.

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#13

Fulton Market Outdoor Dining Pt 2

Fulton market outdoor dining

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SimplySarcastic40
Community Member
9 months ago

Our cases didnt go up when restaurants opened back in June. Thats why there are safety protocols in place; limited capacity, masks and gloves for employees, and masks for patrons unless you're eating. They're just trying to keep people employed and not go bankrupt. It can be done safely. If you can fly in a metal tube with ~100 people for 5+ hours, you can sit in a restaurant with 20 for 1 hour. Just saying...

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
9 months ago

NYC is one of the top five US cities for homelessness. But there are houses for people who want to go out to eat.

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#15

How Is This Considered Outdoor Dining?

How is this considered outdoor dining?

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Enalpria
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

I cant explain

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
9 months ago

When the pandemic is over, they can rent this out for $5k/mo.

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#17

Winter Outdoor Dining Enclosure, Aka Indoors, We’ve Come Full Circle

Winter outdoor dining enclosure, aka indoors, we’ve come full circle

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Canadian in Cornwall
Community Member
9 months ago

ridiculous, isn't it?!

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Gon Freecss
Community Member
9 months ago

at least it's pretty/cute. I would eat there anyways (not during covid though, it looks to small for many people)

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Gon Freecss
Community Member
9 months ago

all new suffocating while (trying) eating👍

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Wolfstar
Community Member
9 months ago

It would be a lovely place if COVID never happened.

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Happy Days
Community Member
9 months ago

the slow clap

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Dynein
Community Member
9 months ago

So long as they contain 1 table each, and people aren't expected to let others join them to fill up the available seats (I had that happen once in Greece...), I see no issues.

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Maya Jones
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9 months ago

That mural is pretty though.

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Douglas Turner
Community Member
9 months ago

But it's uncomfortable... that makes it okay, right?

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Clara Knaub
Community Member
9 months ago

Ahhh the doorknobs!

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Clara Knaub
Community Member
9 months ago

It’s so pretty! I would totally eat there after/before Covid! Just not during covid.

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Angela Silva
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9 months ago

I would call it outdoor indoor nail salon

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Clara Knaub
Community Member
9 months ago

At least it’s cute! Wouldn’t eat there during covid though.

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#29

"Outdoor" Dining ?

"Outdoor" dining?

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Clara Knaub
Community Member
9 months ago

It’s beautiful. If only it was actually outdoors.

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Douglas Turner
Community Member
9 months ago

It looks like one of those cheesy moon colony experiments, complete with mystery diseases

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