Lack of restaurant workers a sign COVID pandemic persists

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Here’s a problem you don’t see often — Newport restaurants are struggling to fill summer jobs.

Usually these slots are gobbled up before May 1. But this year, lots of college kids and others who work as bus boys/girls, wait staff, dish washers, etc. are opting out.

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And it’s going to have a ripple effect. Charlie Holder, who manages the Midtown Oyster Bar, said he has struggled to find workers.

Holder, who also serves on the City Council, said his restaurant turns down customers each day. That’s going to lead to a leaner-than-usual summer if it continues into the warmer months.

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