Too Much Room at the Inn

The COVID-19 data on the hospitality industry is dire, catastrophic, really, with $800 million lost so far since the pandemic reached New Hampshire; roughly half of the industry’s 70,000 employees have been laid off or furloughed, according to New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association head, Mike Somers.

Even with a four-phased approach for lodging and restaurants created by the governor’s reopening task force that began with outdoor dining at restaurants May 11, most statewide events and stays at hotels, inns and Airbnbs have been canceled at least through the fall. When restaurants can reopen, it’s at 50% capacity, which could be even worse because fixed costs may be the same, but income is reduced.

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