As businesses reopen, some restaurant owners face staffing shortages

More Americans are getting vaccinated, but struggling businesses are having trouble opening due to lack of employees returning to the workforce.
2:26 | 04/18/21

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All right we're back now with another blow to businesses due to the pandemic restaurants are now dealing with staffing shortages right as they were hoping did. Start recovery some of their big losses ABC's Deirdre Bolton has been looking into it. This morning some restaurant owners say their customers are back and it's like turning on a late switch we are more business than we can. It sounds like a humble brag but it's a business problem. As life returns to normal not all workers are returning to their old jobs mind you entire. Do not know personally this. Yeah cruel to a farm. Animal to work restaurants Jack which owns and runs the black cat beach shop in Missoula Montana. We reduced our days of work a one day we should close at 5:30 PM we close it. 2 o'clock in the afternoon now we had to reduce. Our menu items significantly. In order to do the work out a girl brother owners the lack of staff puts them personally in an unsustainable. Session Erica Simoneau manages Colombo was a popular restaurant on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. She says some of her competitors are trying to attract workers with extra money. They are oh. Offering seventeen dollars an hour. Or dishwashers. To start. Plus and a year they retain them for 98000. Dollars sir John incentives that this business has never seen. Or she says Colombo is owners are now adding a 401 T program which she describes as unheard of in the business. With more than sixteen million Americans collecting some form of unemployment insurance some blowing those extended benefits for a shortage in the workforce. Too many people are staying home with their unemployment checks rather than work. Still others say not all prospective workers are sitting out because they haven't cash cushion. We have several employees. Who themselves are under conditions so. Do a level of concern. They won't return. Until they're only an immediate and you know they wanted ensure that the restaurant is doing. Everything are relieved for the EU quid and and cleaning. As Mike Irving told me no one has Ben in this exact predicament before recovering from a pandemic. So he says restarting its just going to be a challenge all around stand bidding grueling year it looks like it will continue to be tricky Deirdre thank you so much.

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