The first day of new Kansas City pandemic restrictions have sparked an explosion of local layoffs as small biz struggles to stay alive and has been forced to sacrifice workers amid declining revenue.
To wit . . .
TKC HAS CONFIRMED AT LEAST 250 KANSAS CITY JOBS TERMINATED ON THE FIRST DAY OF MAYOR'S COVID-19 CURFEW CRACKDOWN DECREE!!!
This is a rough and CONSERVATIVE estimate that was done with the help of TKC readers, social media reports and a few local biz owners & workers sending notes our way.
So far, here's the breakdown . . .
- 25 employees were laid off in Westport on day one.
- 3 local hotels stopped hiring housekeepers and, in total, let go more than 50 people.
- An event planner was forced to stop the employment of 10 part-time workers and up to 15 day workers for gigs during the holidays.
- A local photog sent us a note and says he'll be forced to withdraw employment opportunities for 5 workers.
- Because there will be fewer people out & about, insiders tell us that a local convenience store chain has decided to let go 30 more workers.
- A KC car retail chain will be terminating 20 workers.
- Our friends at local, independently owned Mexican restaurants report that more than 75 employees will be laid off in the coming weeks.
- An urban nightclub will announce a shut down later this week leaving close to two dozen workers looking for employment.
Also . . .
EVEN BETTER!!! KANSAS CITY JOBS ARE HARDER TO FIND RIGHT NOW AND THE JOB MARKET WILL TIGHTEN WITH THE GROWING NUMBER OF SERVICE INDUSTRY WORKERS BACK ON THE STREET!!!
Many of these folks will be forced to take a pay cut and will certainly lose money whilst looking for work.
Moreover, these aren't just numbers, these are REAL PEOPLE enduring economic suffering because of this order and they're lashing out at city hall via social media right now.
Here's a recent comment from one of the Mayor's social media outlets that has resonated and inspired both support and debate . . .
"Just thought I'd drop in and say thanks. Your ridiculous policies have cost me the job I have had for 28 years and the business will most likely be done completely by December. Covid didn't kill it...you did. I am more likely to get shot and killed in KCMO than to die FROM Covid."
Accordingly . . .
For now, check this more concise view of COVID-19 orders that will hopefully prevent the spread of the pandemic but certainly have created a great deal of economic hardship in Kansas City.
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