As anxieties in the US steadily rise over the COVID-19 outbreak, many people wouldn’t mind having a drink or two. However, having your favorite libation outside your home is becoming increasingly unlikely as restaurants and bars are being forced to close.
Despite the demand, bars and restaurants across the US are closing or have done so already as a result of mandated quarantines by authorities in an attempt to hinder the community spread of the coronavirus. The Washington Times reported Tuesday that despite it being St. Patrick’s Day, at 9 p.m. local time the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board ordered wine and spirits stores, the only places in the state to buy distilled alcoholic beverages, to be closed “until further notice.”
Although many establishments are also closing due to lack of business, food and supply fulfillment companies such as Amazon have seen their business boom. In fact, earlier this week, the e-commerce giant announced it would be hiring an additional 100,000 warehouse and delivery employees in the United States in order to fulfill demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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