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A Note on the Reduction in Hospitality Sales Prior to a State’s COVID-related Stay-at-Home Order: Evidence from Maine, USA

Gabe, Todd and Crawley, Andrew (2020): A Note on the Reduction in Hospitality Sales Prior to a State’s COVID-related Stay-at-Home Order: Evidence from Maine, USA.

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Abstract

This paper examines Maine’s (USA) daily hospitality sales over the period of February 1 to April 30, 2020, with a focus on the period covering the state’s COVID-related Stay-at-Home order and the days immediately before the order was issued on April 2. Results show that consumers substantially lowered their spending prior to April 2—even more so than during the Stay-at-Home order—which suggests that a recovery in the hospitality industry is dependent on behavioral as well as statutory considerations.

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