BETHEL — “COVID fatigue” has closed a mainstay enterprise within the Bethel group for the winter, and maybe even longer in its current type.
Mike Graham has operated Jukebox Junction for 17 years and mentioned he has by no means had the staffing drawback he’s skilled since reopening in June as soon as the rules for meals service institutions had been eased.
“That was the explanation we stopped doing breakfast and stared closing on Mondays,” Graham mentioned.
Then Graham misplaced two cooks earlier this month, which left him with one prepare dinner and himself.
After that occurred, there was no solution to ship correct service, Graham mentioned, noting the extent of service had been on the decline earlier than that occurred.
“Usually we make all our revenue from March to October and that didn’t occur this yr as a result of discount of hours,” Graham mentioned. “We function at a loss November to February. Closing for the winter will scale back that loss.”
The uncertainty of one other stimulus bundle in Congress, in addition to not
understanding the potential legal responsibility if an worker or a buyer finally ends up with a severe case of the virus that may be traced again to the enterprise additional bolstered the choice to shut, Graham indicated.
“Hopefully by spring, the supply of an affordable and dependable speedy take a look at for companies will likely be in the marketplace,” he mentioned, predicting the rise in COVID instances will lead to extra lock downs and maybe added laws and restrictions on companies.
“Our present enterprise module doesn’t work on this atmosphere, so we will likely be engaged on adjusting our enterprise module and menu with the intention to maintain profitability sooner or later,” Graham mentioned.