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Michigan restaurant industry losses $491 M in sales, 72,000 jobs, according to survey

Restaurants and bars across the state are dealing with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive order that closed doors on March 16 until at least April 13.
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FILE - In this March 11, 2020 file photo, tables are empty at Eden Wok in New Rochelle, N.Y. The coronavirus pandemic gripping the nation is slamming the restaurant industry after years of steady growth amid the longest economic expansion in U.S. history. Restaurants and bars face a catastrophic loss of revenue that could destroy countless operations across that nation as customers stay home and practice “social distancing” to stem the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Chris Ehrmann)

MICHIGAN, USA — A survey released this week from the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association showed that $491 million was lost in sales during the month of March. 

Restaurants and bars across the state are dealing with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive order that closed doors on March 16 until at least April 13.

RELATED: Closure of Michigan bars, restaurants extended through April 13

The closure was put in place, according to Whitmer, to "mitigate the spread of COVID-19, protect the public health, and provide essential protections to vulnerable Michiganders."  

Now many restaurants are dealing with low sales, layoffs and some are even shutting their doors permanently. 

RELATED: Here's a list of restaurants still taking orders during the statewide closure

According to the survey, one percent of operators had to close their doors permanently and another nine percent anticipate doing the same within the next 30 days. Additionally, 62 percent of restaurants laid off employees and 47 percent anticipate doing more of this during the next 30 days. 

Nationally there have been reports that the restaurant industry has lost more than 3 million jobs and $25 billion in sales in all 50 states. 

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