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87% Iowa restaurants, bars have to cut staff because of coronavirus restrictions

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Posted at 6:30 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 07:30:39-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The coronavirus response is forcing many to make changes, and those adjustments are taking a toll on area restaurants.

The Iowa Restaurant Association says in the first month under restrictions, 87% of the state's restaurant and bars have cut staff.

Less than half of those restaurants say they expect to be able to re-hire all of their former employees.

Nearly 40,000 Iowa hospitality industry workers have already filed for unemployment.