Article first appeared in Lodging Magazine
By Phillip Sprehe
The hospitality and leisure sectors employ arts, entertainment, recreation, lodging, and food service workers, among many others. The Covid-19 pandemic changed the landscape of hospitality and leisure employment; the industries were forced to hibernate as employment plunged between February and April 2020.
People began to slowly emerge from isolation in mid-May 2020, and some restaurants, hotels, and theaters began to reopen, some funded by local or state subsidiaries to stimulate the economy. Leisure and hospitality employment continued to grow, slowing somewhat over summer, but job openings in the tourism industry -- which leads much of the hospitality and leisure businesses -- remained dormant.
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