NYC restaurant owner says business has plummeted by up to 70% as Omicron deters diners
- The owner of a Manhattan restaurant says diners aren't eating out as much amid
- Thomas Makkos said business at his restaurant had fallen by 60% to 70% over the last two weeks.
The owner of a restaurant in
Thomas Makkos, who owns Manhattan Italian restaurant Nello, told Fox Business that there had been "a lot of cancellations."
"People are very afraid to come out," he said. "It has created a huge vacuum of cancellations that keep on going."
Omicron cases are surging globally and it's become the dominant coronavirus strain in the US. Studies suggest that Omicron is more transmissible than previous variants, though some data indicates its symptoms are milder.
Coronavirus cases in
The city's seven-day moving average hit a record 24,102 cases on Monday, the most-recent day for which CDC data is available. This is almost four times higher than the city's seven-day moving average at the height of last winter's peak.
"In the last two weeks, business has gone down 60 to 70%," Makkos told Fox Business Tuesday.
He added that the city's
It's not just restaurants being affected by rising COVID-19 cases. The New York City Transit Authority said on Sunday that subways would be less frequent because of the COVID-19 surge, which had caused staff sickness.
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