Nightlife workers speak out about living and working through COVID-19

A bartender at Arnaldo Richards’ Picos wears gloves and a mask while taking orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, May 1, 2020 in Houston.

Over 7 million hospitality workers were laid off in April. On ABC news Clara McMichael shares the story of those who no longer have access to work.

“Nightlife, which consists of clubs, bars and late-night restaurants, is an industry where businesses are often poorly financed and workers are especially vulnerable. In April alone, according to the Department of Labor, 7.7 million people working in the leisure and hospitality sector lost their jobs. As the season moves into summer and states start to reopen, those who support and are supported by nightlife will be forced to confront fissures in the industry that existed long before the pandemic.”

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