PITTSBURGH — An analysis of data by online business rating website Yelp indicates that more than 730 businesses in Pittsburgh closed because of the coronavirus crisis, with 129 of these businesses being restaurants that shuttered permanently.
The Pittsburgh region saw 739 businesses close their doors between March 1 and July 10 according to Yelp's Economic Average report for the second quarter of 2020. Restaurants made up the largest grouping of the reported businesses that closed permanently and shopping-related permanent closures have reached 46 so far.
Yelp relied on businesses themselves reporting closures by updating their business page on its online platform. The ratings website only counted closures that had been vetted by its User Ops team or had been updated directly by a business owner. Yelp did not count one-day closures that appeared to be unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic, such as on Easter Sunday.
Nationally, Yelp found that the restaurant industry had the highest total business closures, surpassing retail. As of July 10, it counted 26,160 restaurant closures, which increased by 2,179 since June 15. Of those closures, 60% were permanent.
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