PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Local and state leaders say something needs to be done due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
“We just don’t know how we’re going to survive,” said Kelly O’Connor, owner of Kelly O’s Diner.
New restrictions are expected soon that will most likely affect restaurants. They are concerned as this time of year is their busiest.
“It’s starting again. But we knew it was coming,” said O’Connor.
As the number of COVID cases increases, the number of customers for businesses will decrease as restrictions are expected to be put in place.
Kelly O’Connor, owner of Kelly O’s Diner in the Strip District, tells KDKA it is frustrating that restaurants like hers may have to readjust, which could mean that only indoors is not eaten and is a take away.
“I just shake my head and go. When will it end? When will it end for us you know “said O’Connor.
For O’Connor’s business and so many others, their revenues are down and they need help. Many fear that they will not recover. State and local leaders are also considering closing casinos, theaters, gyms and museums.
“As a family business, my son works for me, my daughter works for me, my son-in-law, and then everyone else who works for me is like family too, so it’s difficult,” said O’Connor.
Many look forward to the month of December as it is usually a big money maker for the year. But this time the companies are just hoping to stay afloat.
“I don’t know how they’re going to do it,” said O’Connor.
Allegheny County officials will hold their weekly press conference at 4 p.m.