OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Thursday, 3 News Now This Morning anchor Jennifer Griswold held a live Facebook forum with the executive director of the Nebraska Restaurant Association as well as local business owners about how they're coping and what they're doing to stay open amid the pandemic.
Zoe Olson, executive director at the Nebraska Restaurant Association and the Hospitality Educational Foundation, said she hopes for more financial relief from the government.
She said earlier survey results estimate 6% of Nebraska restaurants will close permanently, although she expects that to be higher.
Shelly Stokes is the president of Spaghetti Works and said they've resorted to some layoffs, and the pandemic has been tiring for those in the industry.
“We're busily treading water, we're struggling as hard as we can and our noses are just above sea level there. We're just above the water,” she said.
All the forum members were all understanding of personal financial struggles but asked that people try to support local restaurants as much as they can right now in ways they feel comfortable - especially as it gets colder.