Strained Labor Pool Slows COVID-19 Fiscal Recovery For Small Businesses – CBS San Francisco

ALAMEDA (CBS SF) — It’s been two weeks since California has fully reopened, but for some small businesses the road to recovery from their COVID-19 fiscal woes remains slow and rocky.

The biggest obstacle, business owners say, is the slow return of a vibrant labor pool.

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Kyle Conner, who owns Alameda Cinema Grill and Alameda Theatre and Cineplex, is among the small business struggling to fully reopen.

“I started closing on Mondays,” he told KPIX 5. “I’ve always been seven days a week.”

The lack of staffing also forced him to shorten his business hours. He has a dozen job openings.

“I’m operating with two cooks,” he said “Pre-pandemic, we had five or six. I’m looking for a head chief, two or three line cooks, probably three servers, bussers, dishwashers, bartenders. Everything.”

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