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Restaurant reservations in cities with vaccine mandates tank compared to cities without: OpenTable
NYC restaurant owner says omicron caused business to drop by 70% in 2 weeks
Nello owner Thomas Makkos says people ‘are very afraid to come out’ of their homes and that the new strain has led to many cancellations with no end in sight.
Restaurant reservations have plunged in cities with vaccine mandates so far this year compared to pre-pandemic data.
New York City saw a 68% drop in reservations on Jan. 24 compared to 2019 data, OpenTable reported based on online, phone, and walk-in reservations. Each day this month for New York has seen big plunges compared to 2019, with reservations seeing the smallest dip on Jan. 22 with -45%, and the biggest on Jan. 11 at -77%.
Restaurants in San Francisco have also been battered by sinking reservations, with a 68% decline on Jan. 24. The city saw its smallest dip in reservations made compared to 2019 on Jan. 2 at -47%, the city’s biggest downswing occurred on Jan. 10 at -85%.
Both cities have implemented vaccine mandates for anyone dining inside restaurants. Restaurant owners in New York City slammed the mandate when it was rolled out during former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration last year, with one saying they are leading to restaurants "getting killed."