D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) talks about D.C. being shortchanged in the U.S. Senate's stimulus package. And Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) talks about the state's response to the pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered restaurants across the area. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has ordered restaurants and bars (along with health clubs, movie theaters and more) to close their doors to patrons, although grab-and-go service will be allowed. This comes just after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan put a similar restriction into effect in his state.
That means lost shifts and wages for everyone from sandwich makers to bartenders to dishwashers. And no one knows how long they’ll have to wait for a paycheck or unemployment insurance.
How are these employees trying to get by as they watch their industry grind to a near halt? And who is trying to help them?
Produced by Lauren Markoe
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