Customers at Bay Area Co-Roasters’ café in Berkeley in busier times. Photo: Bay Area Co-Roasters
With empty seats, empty stores and emptier-than-usual cash registers, Berkeley businesses are taking a major hit from the new coronavirus, many business owners and leaders say.
“This past weekend our sales dropped by half,” said Floy Andrews, owner and founder of Bay Area Co-Roasters or Co-Ro, a coffee roasting co-op and café on Fifth Street. “Usually a busy work week day we’d be having a café full of customers; today we have three customers.”
In Berkeley, as in other parts of the world, people seem to be heeding the public health call for “social distancing” or avoiding crowds to reduce the