Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - Hotels and restaurants in North Rhine-Westphalia lost almost two thirds of their sales in November 2020 due to the closings ordered to protect against the corona virus.
Overall, sales in the industry were nominally 63.7 percent below the previous year's level.
In real terms - taking into account the price development - they were even 65.5 percent lower.
The decline in sales almost reached the record slump of April 2020, the State Statistical Office announced on Wednesday.
In the hotel industry, which has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, real sales were 82.6 percent lower than a year ago.
The catering industry suffered losses of 57.8 percent.
In restaurants that live mainly from serving drinks, sales fell by 77.9 percent compared to the same month last year.
The number of employees in the hospitality industry in November was 21.9 percent lower than in November 2019.
Restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs have been closed in NRW since the beginning of November.
Restaurants may have food delivered or picked up.
The following applies to hotels and other accommodation providers: Accommodation offers for private purposes are prohibited.
For the first eleven months of 2020, the statisticians determined a real drop in sales of 37.5 percent for the North Rhine-Westphalian hospitality industry compared to the corresponding period of the previous year; nominally, sales fell by 35.1 percent.