With dwindling customers and enforced closures, hospitality staff are seriously struggling, and are facing scary and uncertain futures.
But one generous customer decided to give a helping hand to restaurant staff in Ohio by leaving an incredibly generous tip. Keep scrolling for the full story, and to hear the staff's heartwarming reaction to the act of kindness...
The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a complete standstill.
via: GettyOriginating in Wuhan, China at the end of last year, a new strain of coronaviruses known as COVID-19 has been sweeping across the planet at an alarming pace.
The virus primarily affects the respiratory system.
via: GettyAnd common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
But for the elderly and those with existing health issues...The virus can be much more serious and can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
Over 200,000 people globally have been infected with the virus...
via: Getty202,259, to be precise. And, devastatingly, a further 8,010 have died.
And, here in the states, we aren't faring much better.
via: GettySince the first confirmed COVID-19 patient in Washington, there are now 6524 cases of the virus across the country and 116 deaths.
It's a dire situation for everyone.
via: GettyAnd world leaders have been desperately scrambling to find a solution to the ongoing pandemic.
And some countries have gone into full lockdown.
via: GettyOn March 10th, Italy, which is currently one of the worst-affected in the pandemic, became the first democratic country since the Second World War to impose a nationwide lockdown.
Elsewhere, several restrictions have been put in place...
via: GettyIncluding President Trump's temporary travel ban between the United States and all European countries, including the United Kingdom.
Major sporting events and music festivals have been either postponed or canceled...
via: GettyAnd many cities all over the world have placed a temporary ban on any large or crowded social events and gatherings.
And, sadly, this means the hospitality industry is suffering.
via: GettyWith millions being encouraged to avoid social situations and living in self-isolation and quarantine, restaurants and bars are struggling to make ends meet.
Our bars and restaurants are amongst the hardest hit businesses in this coronavirus pandemic...
via: GettyAnd the owners, managers, and staff are all facing an uncertain future.
Several states across the country have forced the closure of their bars and restaurants.
This week, governors in California, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington all agreed to close wineries, restaurants, and bars in a last-ditch attempt to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Ohio's governor, Mike DeWine announced that bars and restaurants can stay open for take-out and delivery but "what we can't have is people congregating and seated."
From @ohiobrt: "We support @DrAmyActon’s order to temporarily close #Ohio restaurants and bars to indoor service.… https://t.co/EMaRnoBd0z— Governor Mike DeWine (@Governor Mike DeWine)1584484800.0
It is a horrendous situation for all hospitality staff involved.
via: GettyLooming mortgage and rent payments combined with no customers and low profits - It's a recipe for disaster.
People have been doing all they can to help the struggling businesses...
via: GettyWhether it be shopping locally, buying vouchers to spend at a later date, or donating money to help keep the desperate staff afloat.
But one generous customer in Ohio went the extra mile to help the staff at his local restaurant...
via: GettyBy leaving a huge tip for all the staff to split and share amongst themselves.
Coaches on Bethel closed it's doors indefinitely on Sunday...
via: GettyAnd, wanting to help make up for their profit losses, a diner, who has remained anonymous, left a hefty $2,500 tip alongside his $29.75 meal.
The customer wanted his tip to be split between all the servers.
via: TwitterHe wrote on the check: "Please split this tab equally between Tara, Nicky, Jim, Liz, and Arron. The tip amount of $2,500."
Understandably, the restaurant's staff were incredibly moved by the gesture.
via: GettyBenny Leonard, one of the restaurant's employees, told WCMH: "It brought some of them to tears. They are going to split it thirteen ways and it's going to help them. We are a family and we will get through it together."
The restaurant shared a photo of the kind gesture onto Twitter...
When the going gets tough, the tough stay loyal. This loyal, amazing patron of Coaches on Bethel left the staff a $… https://t.co/k2r8PVk0MF— Coaches on Bethel (@Coaches on Bethel)1584325886.0
It's an incredibly difficult time for everyone...
via: GettyAnd even the rich and famous aren't immune from the deadly virus. Keep scrolling to find out which celebrities have so far been infected with COVID-19...