ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “Anguishing.” That’s the first word M’tucci’s Restaurants President John Haas uses to describe what it was like for him and other company leaders to furlough about 200 employees amid fallout from the new coronavirus.
“It’s literally the worst possible thing that could happen,” Haas said.
Haas and M’tucci’s are not alone.
Strict measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 have had a devastating effect on New Mexico’s business community and workforce. Restaurants and bars, forced to adapt to the closing of their dining rooms, are trying to find ways to subsist on takeout orders and delivery alone. Other businesses are figuring out whether they have what it takes to run on remote work. Meanwhile, thousands of New Mexicans are suddenly finding themselves unemployed or furloughed.