i was at a chinese restaurant in monterey park this past weekend and the owner’s wife mentioned that she was down a waiter or two and attributed it to the coronavirus scare. it came up only because she apologized for having her daughter there in the restaurant while she filled in for one of the waitstaff. we warned her to hide the kid if certain gweilo types who looked like they might report her to childrens’ services came into the restaurant. (if asked, i will not be able to recall where i ate this weekend.)
the point is that i confess to being curious if that’s having a significant impact on chinese businesses in LA that could possibly be dealing with clients/patrons who could have come to the U.S. recently from overseas.