Video by Anthony Tellez
Since the start of the pandemic many local restaurants have seen profits plummet due to a statewide mandate to stay at home that prevents the spread of COVID-19. While many restaurants have had to shut their doors and hope to be financially stable enough to reopen, others have carried on with their delivery service. The delivery personnel who work at the restaurants are now considered essential workers as they provide food to many people in the community who are afraid to go out for groceries or are unable to.
Loh Yee Tong works for Serafina Restaurant Group, which has closed all but two of their restaurants in New York City. Though he is glad to have employment, Tong is one of the many service workers risking their lives in order to provide food for those in the community.