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Local restaurants struggle to fill open positions – Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia 2021-05-24 22:19:01 –

Even if things get back to normal, many local businesses are having a hard time finding enough people to work. It was especially hard for the local restaurant.

Washington DC — May 21st: People will dine outside at lunchtime on May 21, 2021 at a restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue in the Capitol Hill district of Washington, DC. Starting Friday, the municipality of Washington, DC has lifted the coronavirus capacity limits for most businesses operating in the city. Bars and night clubs in the city will operate at less than 50% of the capacity limit until June 11th (Photo courtesy of Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

Even if things get back to normal, many local businesses are having a hard time finding enough people to work. It was especially hard for restaurants in the Washington, DC area.

Ashish Alfred owns Duck Duck Goose in Bethesda, Maryland.

“People may be afraid to return to work because they may not have been vaccinated yet, or they may have been vaccinated but someone at home has not been vaccinated. I don’t want to take anything home, “Alfred said.

Alfred also decided to close the restaurant two days a week, so his employees will not be overworked.

Alan Pohoryles owns Tommy Joes, which is also in Bethesda. Many of the employees who worked for him for 16 or 17 years haven’t returned either.

“I lost a lot of good people. When the pandemic first occurred and the company was closed, I fired all the staff so I was able to recover the unemployment.

Pohoryles said some workers wouldn’t come back because of continued concerns about COVID-19, while others wouldn’t come back because they were making enough money from their unemployment allowance.

“People who don’t return home because they are paid not to be returned by the government are the ones who bother me,” Pohoryles said.

Alfred said the pandemic rekindled people’s love of eating out and hoped that restaurant owners, who previously did not treat their employees well, would turn over new leaves.


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