COVID-19 outbreak led to dramatic massive job losses worldwide., including owners and chefs in the food industry.
Research shows job destruction and creation will normalize slowly, consistent with typical recession.
Restaurant chefs and owners in Russia showed their frustration over the effects of pandemic by protesting naked on social media.
Meanwhile, they asked the government to let them reopen their businesses by posting pictures of themselves naked on social media.
Hundreds of owners, chefs, and staff coming from the food and hospitality industry joined the protest.
In photos, they carefully covered themselves with only plates, cups, saucepans, bottles, and napkin holders.
Recognizing the country’s efforts to slowly ease the lockdown restrictions, owners asked to allow them to serve the clients to slowly recover from past months’ income drought.
“We are naked because we are left with nothing,” said Arthur Galaychyuk, owner of a bar chain, in an interview.
Nevertheless, protesters reiterated they posted these photos not to fool around. They said they want to work already.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in late March announced strict lockdown measures, shutting all businesses in the country except food stores and pharmacies.
Nevertheless, the government allows regions to adjust measures depending on their situation.
Moscow has finally slowly opened cafes and restaurants, specifically outside terraces, later in June. Meanwhile, indoor restaurants and bars remain close.
As of July 6, Russia has 680,283 COVID-19 cases, with 10,145 reported deaths.