Back in March, at the start of the statewide quarantine, employed students had a major change in their work lives. These changes ranged from an increased need of workers due to high demand and limited products. Some lost their jobs.
The Marcus Majestic of Brookfield, a nearby movie theater, experienced a lot of dramatic changes for their customers and employees. After closing in March, they gradually started reopening by opening a drive-in movie theater. After a few retracted dates, the theater fully opened again on Aug. 21. But with the movie product seemingly limited currently, the operation hours took a massive hit.
“We initially allowed for seven day a week operation and we had kind of longer operating hours and then we saw that the demand just wasn’t there and demand was of course driven by the movie product,” General Manager Alex Neffenger said. “We opened very strongly with Tenet, New Mutants and Unhinged but then as we fell away from those larger titles we restricted the operating hours to four days a week instead of seven and you know also tightened up [hours].”
The theater, originally open from 11am until 10pm, is now only open from 1pm to 8:30 pm.
“As we reduced the overall number of hours of the operation, that reduced the number of staff needed to run the building,” Neffenger said.
While the movie theater was considered a non-essential business, grocery stores such as Pick’ N Save become a cornerstone of society. Senior Anthony Poledica who had been working for the company for almost three years spoke on the changes he saw in his own job.
“When it first hit in March, …my hours got pumped up until eventually my parents said ‘I don’t want you working with this virus’. So I was eventually taken out of the store,” Poledica said. “Not a lot of people got cut because we’re a grocery store. People need food so there is always gonna be business.”
Poledica elaborated that with an increase in online shopping, there was an increase of jobs for people working with the Pick N Save Grocery Pickup (formerly known as Click List).
Conversely, Senior Rachel John had two reasonable options for her job at Starbucks.
“My specific store shut down and we were given the option to either take 31 days of paid leave or we could go work at another store that hadn’t shut down,” John said. “I took the paid leave because I was still in school and I’m just gonna focus on that.”
Now that John is back at her job, she reported that Starbucks has since enforced safety precautions for customers and employees, with plexiglass shields and mask requirements.
With these students gradually returning to work, business is needed to allow better hours. Not only for business in general, but for safe business.