Industries Most Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, industries are experiencing the impacts in various ways. As the leading provider of Industry Intelligence for those advising small- and medium-sized businesses, our research team is working to provide updates on industries affected by COVID-19. Information is updated every 7-14 days, so continue to check back for the most recent insights.

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July 17, 2020

  • Despite the reopening of bars and restaurants across the US, off-premise alcohol consumption continues to grow. Total alcohol sales rose 11.5% during the week ending July 4 and increased 24.5% during the COVID-19 time period versus year-ago, according to Nielsen. Beer sales increased 6.6%, wine sales rose 15.2% and spirits sales grew 23.2% during the week of July 4 versus year-ago.
  • Online sales of alcohol surged during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic. By the week of April 25, online sales had grown 477% versus year-ago compared to the week of Mar 7, when online sales increased 13% versus year-ago, according to Nielsen.
  • Most liquor stores have been allowed to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. Beer, wine, and liquor stores technically fall under the “food and agriculture” category of establishments, like grocery stores, which are considered essential. Some states, such as Maryland and Texas, allow alcohol deliveries to customers.
  • In Pennsylvania, the closure of all 600 state-owned wine and spirits stores drove residents to defy stay-at-home orders and drive to Delaware and New Jersey to stock up on booze, according to KYW Newsradio. In Denver, the mayor’s order to close liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries was quickly reversed after residents swarmed neighborhood liquor stores, violating social distancing rules, according to Fox News.

July 30, 2020

  • Fruit and vegetable manufacturers may need to upgrade cooling systems in cold storage rooms due to concerns that the coronavirus can spread via HVAC systems. Specialists are evaluating how well heavy-duty filters block microbes and considering whether to install systems that use ultraviolet light or electrically charged particles in the ductwork to kill the virus. Many of the methods to reduce pathogens have been around for years, but were geared more to hospitals than commercial b