New York State Restaurants hit hard by COVID-19

New York State restaurants are being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. OpenTable released data that show steep year over year declines in diners across the United States.

As of Monday, restaurants in New York City saw their dining traffic decrease by 77% compared to the same day last year while New York state saw a decline of 58% of diners compared to a national average of 56%.

This trend of diners staying home started on March 1st when NY Governor Cuomo announced the first case of COVID-19 in NYC. Since then, total cases in New York have ballooned to 1,374 as of March 17th.

How you can help

Local businesses are hit particularly hard by COVID-19. Here's what you can do to help.

  • Get take out. You'll still be isolated in your home while also supporting the restaurants you love
  • Buy a gift card for future use

It's critical that we support our local businesses during these tough times. Many operate on thin margins and a slowdown in business could mean laying off staff and shut downs.

It's important to remember that restaurant regulations require them to operate under strict health codes. Many are going above and beyond for the pandemic and going to extraordinary lengths to keep diners safe by distancing tables, offering hand sanitizer at the door and dedicating staffers to sanitizing their space.

About the data

This data shows year-over-year seated diners from OpenTable restaurants, across all channels: Online, phone, and walk-in. For year-on-year comparisons by day, we compare to the same day of week from the same week in the previous year. For example, we'd compare Tuesday of week 11 in 2020 to Tuesday of week 11 in 2019.

Source: Open Table Restaurant Performance Data

Written by

Tomas Hoyos

Tomas is the co-founder and CEO of Voro, the healthcare social network where people share doctor recommendations with their friends and neighbors. Tomas loves a good book and mostly writes about current events in healthcare and tips to stay healthy. Prior to co-founding Voro, Tomas was a healthcare investor and investment banker. Tomas is a graduate of Harvard University where he majored in Government.