Reports from the Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR) show the impact of the COVID-19 mitigation efforts on restaurant sales across Florida. The statewide impacts were comparable to the revenue losses experienced by restaurant establishments in Leon County.
Florida restaurant taxable sales fell 37% in April and 53% in May when compared to same months in 2019. This translates to a loss of approximately $3.8 billion in sales during these two months.
In Leon County, reports indicate that restaurants taxable sales fell 35% in April and 44% in May when compared to 2019. This translates to a loss of approximately $45 million in sales during these two months.
The most recent report from the FDOR show that taxable sales are beginning to rebound. As shown below, restaurant taxable sales in Leon County fell 40%, from $51 million in March to $31 million in May.
However, in the June report, sales increased to approximately $38 million. This increased number is still 25% less than sales reported in June 2019.