Half of NYC'S 24,000 bars and restaurants could close for good

A saddening new state report is predicting that nearly half of New York City’s 24,000 bars and restaurants could shut permanently in the next six months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and slow response from the city to reopen.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released the audit on Thursday. While there is no official tally for how many have closed permanently already, the report predicts between a third and half will shutter in the next six months which will cost 150,000 people their jobs.

A saddening new state report is predicting that nearly half of New York City’s 24,000 bars and restaurants could shut permanently in the next six months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and slow response from the city to reopen.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released the audit on Thursday. […]

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