All Things Business

Restaurant Workers Choose Between Earning Money And Risking Infection

12 Jul , 2020  

by Abbey Marshall, The Devil Strip

When Tori Haye went to the hospital in the first few weeks of the stay-at-home order during the COVID-19 pandemic, they found out they had Type 1 diabetes: Immunocompromised during a pandemic.

An employee at both Mr. Zub’s Deli and Nervous Dog Coffee Bar, the 21-year-old had been one of the 1.36 million Ohioans who filed for unemployment since Gov. Mike DeWine announced statewide shutdowns and restrictions in March. At that time, restaurants were restricted to carry-out only, but they were permitted to reopen for dine-in starting at the end of May.

Now, only weeks after their diagnosis, Tori is facing a question many bartenders, baristas and servers are contemplating: Do I risk my life in order to support my livelihood? More…

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