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Restaurants Reduce Operating Hours Due to Staffing Shortages

The Omicron variant and ongoing labor crisis is causing many restaurants to cut back on hours.

Foodservice establishments throughout the country are reducing hours as they struggle with staffing shortages due to the rise in Omicron-variant cases and the continued effects of the Great Resignation.

McDonald’s is one franchise that is cutting hours due to not having enough staff. According to Business Insider, McDonald’s has reduced operating hours by 10% on average across its 13,000 U.S. stores since the onset of the pandemic.

McDonald’s isn’t the only company experiencing the need to reduce operating hours at its stores. Nations Restaurant News reported that other chains, including Starbucks, Chipotle and Shake Shack, are cutting hours as a result of staffing shortages.

In addition to reducing operating hours, restaurants are also scaling back menu offerings, closing dining rooms and raising prices to help cope with staffing shortages. In an effort to bring on more employees, some franchise owners are going as far as offering $50 for interviews and even iPhones for new hires at some restaurants.

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