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Many workers in the food and beverage industry were not surprised when they suddenly lost their jobs. Business had been dwindling, and by the time Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered all restaurants, breweries and bars to close to dine-in customers last Wednesday, servers had already seen a sharp decrease in pay and customers, several Albuquerque servers said.
“After the first weekend in March, we started to see a lot less people. We’d have quite a few servers on, and we’d have to cut down on quite a few each day,” said Isaiah Alexander, who until last week had been working as a server at a winery and bistro north of Old Town.
Tens of thousands of people work in the food and beverage industry in New Mexico. According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 83,000 New Mexicans worked in jobs relating to food preparation and serving, with around 17,000 waiters and waitresses and 2,500 bartenders.