Go to a restaurant today, even after the COVID lockdowns have been lifted and you will find them struggling. Service is slow because they can't find staff. Half the tables are empty because that's all the restaurant can handle.
It was all based on a lie.
Tens of thousands of small businesses destroyed due to the COVID lockdowns and shutdowns will never return. Barely six months into our COVID hysteria—as I noted in November of 2020—it was clear that fascist government policies were devastating small businesses throughout the U.S. As I noted at the time,
In spite of the science and the months of real-time data that proved it unnecessary, the left has persisted with shutting down businesses and churches. As a result of these state-enforced lockdowns, hundreds of thousands of small businesses in the U.S. have shut down—many of them permanently so.
Data from late September show that between March 1 and August 31, a total of 163,735 businesses on Yelp—which is especially representative of small businesses—closed. According to Yelp, about 60 percent of these businesses (nearly 98,000) will never reopen. The Yelp data reveal that small restaurants and retail stores have been hit particularly hard. It has made zero sense that Walmart, Target, Home Depot—none of whom were requiring masks as late as middle July—and the like have been allowed to remain open, while your local diner, gun store, or gym was forced to close.
By June of 2021, COVID shutdowns and lockdowns had destroyed nearly 40% of U.S. small businesses.
This disaster was partly the default of "experts" who were terribly wrong, partly the Democrats' political desire to destroy the Trump Presidency, partly the unending hysteria generated by the media for its own profit, and partly the result of weak, stupid, political leadership that failed to understand the damage they were doing.
The American people suffer today at the hands of the worst ruling class in our history.