Omicron slams into American businesses: 'We've taken a big nose dive'

Business was starting to turn around for Lido, an Italian restaurant in Harlem, after a grinding 20 months. The 11-year-old restaurant with a James-Beard-award-winning head chef survived the traumatic spring of 2020, when New York City became the center of the coronavirus crisis in the United States. Lido shut down and then pivoted to outdoor dining. It navigated changing Covid-19 safety rules, mask requirements and vaccine mandates, supply chain delays, rising inflation, a labor shortage, and other challenges as it clawed its way to recovery.
"We were getting close to 100%," Susannah Koteen, who owns Lido and two other restaurants in New York City, said Monday. Then came a sudden crush of coronavirus cases, driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant and a surge in Delta infections. New York State reported record-setting highs of new coronavirus infections over the weekend and officials around the country are bracing for another grim pandemic winter. In New York City, some Broadway shows have been canceled, offices have shut down and people are scrambling to change their holiday plans.
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