Coronavirus is devastating our industry and its workers, but local, state, and federal leaders have been nowhere to be found, writes Camilla Marcus, founder of NYC restaurant west-bourne.
We have all had to make extraordinarily difficult decisions this week in the face of a pandemic affecting the health of millions and an uncertain response from federal, state, and local lawmakers. I own a restaurant in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, and my fellow restaurateurs and I have never before faced such an intense pressure to figure out how to fulfill our purpose: to take care of our teams and nourish our communities while operating our businesses. All three goals have been at odds this week like never before. And government leaders to date have not helped us. In fact, things have been getting worse.