Business review site Yelp noted an encouraging discovery when it released its data for 2021’s third quarter: As of September 30, about 85% of all U.S. businesses that had to temporarily shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic have reopened to the public.
Those numbers were the average for their various business categories, which broke down thus: “Beauty” led the way at 90% reopened, followed by “Auto/professional/home/local services” and “Hotel/travel” both at 86%. “Active” sits at 84% with “Nightlife” close behind at 83%.
“For a vast majority of those businesses to reopen during the pandemic is a true testament to the perseverance and adaptability of those business owners,” says Justin Norman, Yelp’s vice president of data science.
The data does note that while these businesses are reopened, many of them are not open for the full capacity of hours they may have been pre-pandemic because of a continuing shortage of workers.
“Nearly 19-months into the pandemic and one thing has remained unchanged: Local businesses are dedicated to serving their communities. Across the U.S., businesses of all sizes continue to adapt and persevere throughout the continuously evolving circumstances of the pandemic. As the new normal for consumers and businesses evolves, we will continue to analyze and report on the trends driving economic activity for local businesses,” the report read.