The pandemic has affected millions of people in all ways, shapes, and forms. The Restaurant Association of Maryland has now reported the industry lost about $1.4 billion in sales during the pandemic, and that about 40% of all restaurants in the state may close.

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According to the news release, as many as 150,000 restaurant employees have been laid off or furloughed. The 40% of restaurants projected to close permanently is “equivalent to 4,000 restaurants.”

The news release came after Gov. Larry Hogan’s latest coronavirus restrictions, providing additional restrictions on many businesses and human interaction.

All bars, restaurants and similar facilities must close by 10 p.m. effective Friday at 5 p.m., and that establishments would be limited to 25%. Read more at WBAL