Broadsheet Survey: How Has the Coronavirus Impacted Your Business?

Broadsheet Survey: How Has the Coronavirus Impacted Your Business?

Broadsheet Survey: How Has the Coronavirus Impacted Your Business?On Friday March 13, 2020 Broadsheet sent out a 10-question survey, "How Has the Coronavirus Impacted Your Business?", to several thousand owners of restaurants, cafes and bars around the country.

We wanted to understand the pressure they're under and how they're dealing with it. These were just three of the 363 responses we received, and they foretell a bleak future - at least in the near-term.

The survey went to fine diners, wine bars and cocktail bars in capital cities, but it also arrived in the inboxes of country bakeries, classic pubs, coastal cafes, suburban burger joints, falafel shops, neighbourhood bars, sushi-train restaurants and everywhere else Broadsheet readers like to eat and drink.

The questionnaire was anonymous, so business owners could answer frankly. About 50 per cent of respondents were located in Victoria, and 25 per cent in New South Wales. The remaining quarter was spread across South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland.

Chinese restaurants have been dealing with poor trade for at least a month now and panic-buyers have been loading up at supermarkets for about half as long. But last Friday felt like a disquieting turning point in all this.

That's when The Grand Prix was cancelled in Melbourne and Download Festival was called off in Sydney. A few hours later, the government advised against non-essential gatherings of 500 people or more, triggering a cascade of major event cancellations and institutional shut downs that's still ongoing.

As a country, Friday was perhaps the first day we fully grasped the severity of the situation. We suddenly understood, deep in our guts, that Covid-19 would alter all our lives dramatically, not just the lives of an unfortunate few. And for years, rather than mere weeks or months.

At Broadsheet our minds snapped to the restaurants, cafes and bars we've spent the past decade eating and drinking at, photographing and writing about. How would they survive such a monumental blow? We had to know.

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"Apocalypse Now": A Special Feature on How Coronavirus is Affecting Restaurants Around the Country
Published on 17 March 2020
by NICK CONNELLAN | Broadsheet

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