Central Florida businesses adjust to compensate sick staff during omicron surge

You’ll see a lot of businesses changing their hours or changing what they offer, according to the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. They said around Christmas there was more foot traffic in Winter Park than Coral Gables near Miami. Many businesses in central Florida are struggling to keep up with demand with so many workers catching COVID-19. No one is spreading COVID-19. As a result, many businesses find that they have no choice but to turn away customers when staff are sick. Nick Pannullo said he worked as a waiter at his uncle’s own restaurant, Pannullo’s Italian Restaurant. “Everyone got sick more or less at the same time.” Pannullo said he spent long hours covering sick people. He said they adapted when they could. “Pannullo said. Winter Park Commerce President and CEO Betsy Gardner Eckbert said all hires and adaptations can be tiring for business owners. Changes to our businesses over and over again.” said Gardner Eckbert. From retail to restaurants, businesses are resilient. So Gardner Eckbert is advertising them: let the Chamber of Commerce try to help you. So we have many ways to help our local employers, helping them find talent they might not be able to find elsewhere, “said Gardner Eckbert. Some places don’t offer take-out while other establishments are shortening their hours. others just ask for patience, and many WESH contacts are happy to help. “I said we appreciate your coming here. And we’re glad you’re open, ”said Paul Fletcher, a restaurant customer in Winter Park.

You’ll see a lot of businesses changing their hours or changing what they offer, according to the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.

They said that at Christmas there was more foot traffic in Winter Park than in Coral Gables near Miami.

Many businesses in central Florida are struggling to keep up with demand with so many workers catching COVID-19.

No one is spreading COVID-19. As a result, many businesses find that they have no choice but to turn away customers when staff are sick.

Nick Pannullo said he worked as a waiter at his uncle’s own restaurant, the Italian restaurant Pannullo.

“I know people wanted to come in even though we didn’t look busy, but we couldn’t look after everyone,” Pannullo said. “Everyone got sick more or less at the same time.”

Pannullo said he spent long hours covering sick people.

He said they adapt when they can.

“We hired a few more people to make up for the people we lost due to time off due to COVID,” Pannullo said.

Winter Park Commerce President and CEO Betsy Gardner Eckbert said all hires and adaptations can be tiring for business owners.

“We all feel, again, the ripple effects of first of all the exhaustion and fatigue of dealing with this and having to make changes to our businesses over and over again,” said Gardner Eckbert.

From retail to restaurants, businesses are resilient.

So Gardner Eckbert advertises them: let the Chamber of Commerce try to help them.

“So we have lots of ways to help our local employers, helping them find talent that they might not be able to find elsewhere,” said Gardner Eckbert.

Some places do not offer take out while other establishments are shortening their opening hours.

Others just ask for patience, and many people interviewed by WESH are happy to help.

“I said we appreciate your coming here. And we’re glad you’re open,” said Paul Fletcher, a customer at a Winter Park restaurant.

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