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.”

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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

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