Katie Foley-Mustangs Ahead 

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-Since late March the world has been adjusting to the changes brought by COVID-19.  

Due to COVID-19, many restaurants and retail stores around the country have been forced to close or operate at a limited capacity. 

Many Mustangs have been affected by this as their families either own restaurants or small businesses or they work there. 

According to the bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the unemployment rate for young Americans is 18.5%, and much of that is due to the effects of COVID-19. 

“In July 2020, the largest percentage of employed youth worked in the leisure and hospitality industry (24 percent),” according to a BLS report, “which includes food services. The leisure and hospitality industry was particularly affected by coronavirus pandemic-related job losses. Youth employment in this industry was down by 1.1 million, or 21 percent, compared to July 2019.” 

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Senior Emma Foley also works in food service as a barista at Starbucks.  

Foley said, “The biggest change COVID-19 brought around is that nothing is more important than our health or our customers health.” 

While some businesses have been struggling, many are trying to keep a positive environment for their workers and customers. 

Junior Sydney Jamison, a former employee for the Eat Shack at Hunsander’s Farms, said that people have really been trying to show up and support their small business.