The spike in instances has caused an increase in labor problems at major US food and coffee outlets, including Starbucks, Chipotle, and McDonald's, all of whom have struggled to hire and retain workers throughout the epidemic.
About 8.8 million workers have reported not working since they were sick with the coronavirus or caring for someone who wasnearly triple the number of people in December, according to statistics from the US Census.
McDonald's has reduced daily use by 10% in average, at around 13,000 US locations because of shortages of personnel, according to Chris Kempczinski.
Starbucks is making a cut in hours, making a cut in product costs, and temporarily limiting the option to pay via mobile phones as more people are sick. This comes after the US Supreme Court agreed to require workers to be vaccinated against covid-19, which may be helpful to local businesses.
During the epidemic, the restaurant industry in the United States remains in constant decline.
The difficulty in finding workers has caused restaurants to move to the u.s., while the reduced hours have also prompted the industry to ask themselves if there are fast food outlets.
Losing work days due to illness isnt just a burden for employers, but for employees as well, many of them work in precarious, low-wage jobs where they cannot afford to stay home. Just 59% of service workers have access to paid sick leave benefits, whereas 9% of workers in professional and related jobs have access to the benefit, according to statistics from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.