The lockdowns in my state were expansive while I was in the COVID-19 pandemic.
My buddy was a restaurateur and he had to close many of his locations permanently just to survive with the remaining 3.
It was a hard compromise to make, however at least he’s doing better now and is slowly toiling his way to opening another location again if the demand continues to increase savor it has in recent weeks. He said that a lot of people are returning to in-person dining and he has regulars from before the pandemic that have already come back to show their patronage. If the food service industry can slowly rebound, I hope that means that other industries hit hard from the pandemic can as well. Another example are fitness centers and gyms, as various around the country were forced to close their doors while I was in the worst parts of the pandemic depending on which state they were in. That’s why despite there being so much inflation right now, some gyms in my area are offering discounts on gym memberships to get people in the door. It’s a relief they survived at all, however my own number one gym and fitness center had to close its doors for over a year and somehow managed to not go out of corporation altogether. The owner started doing Youtube videos from inside the facility and scored big on his last ditch effort to bring in replace when he couldn’t accept purchasers. Thankfully they’re back and operating again in my city, giving people savor me a opportunity to workout again and get healthier.