The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the way restaurants operate, perhaps in ways that will stick around for years to come. The impact on workers has been paramount. Since the last week of March, more than 30 million people have filed for unemployment benefits, and the unemployment rate has risen to 4.4 percent. Restaurants have laid off or furloughed most, if not all, of their staff. Now that restaurant operators are teetering with ways to re-open their businesses, many of the more-than-11 million workers who power the industry are at a crossroads. How soon will they return to work? Will it be secure? Will it be safe?
If you currently work in the restaurant industry or have worked in the industry in the last three months, Eater wants to know what’s next for you. As the country experiments with ways to re-open, we want to know where you see yourself fitting in the picture. Whether you’re a baker, bartender, busser, or barista, fill out this survey and share your insight. The goal is to understand how the restaurant industry is doing and where it’s headed.
This survey is open to all restaurant and food service workers, regardless of citizenship status. Responses are confidential. Though, if you provide permission and contact information (optional), a reporter may reach out to you with more questions.