DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Restaurants and bars struggled during the pandemic as closures and lack of customers hampered their operations.
Lately, many have struggled to keep staff at work, and now, to fall ill as COVID-19 continues to ravage the DFW metroplex.
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At Alexandre’s in Dallas’ Oak Lawn neighborhood, owner Lee Daugherty said staff wanted to shut down for a month after an employee tested positive weeks ago.
âI supported their proposal, I think it was the safest and best thing for us to do. Of course, it hurts financially, of course, it hurts them financially, but you know, in order to ‘Keeping everyone safe and doing our part to minimize transmission was the right decision, “said Daugherty,” This thing is skyrocketing and growing exponentially so fast that workers mostly need to take their own decision.
Daugherty wants this to be a wake-up call for workers to fight for their health as more people in the community fall ill. âHopefully this will result in the workers meeting their management, their owners and their bosses and saying, listen, this is what we want, this is what is going to make us feel safe. “
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Other restaurants like Bonnell’s in Fort Worth have closed after six employees fell ill. They have since reopened.
At Burgers N ‘Beyond in Fort Worth, they too have felt the tension when workers are away.
âIt’s hard for us, we had to pay others to cover his shift, his morning shift and the other in the evening,â said owner Ali Altaher.
As for Alexander, after this month Daugherty said they would take him week by week to see if COVID-19 cases go down to make sure everyone can safely have a drink and have fun.
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âWe can party in the future, we just can’t at the moment,â Daugherty added.