NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — New York City area restaurants saw record declines in visits, from January 2020 to the end of 2021, according to ABC analysis of data provided by Safegraph.

The five boroughs and surrounding suburban counties lost, in the month of 2020, an average of 64% of their foot traffic to local restaurants.

Over the pandemic, so far, the city’s restaurants saw an average total decline of 32.6%.

The COVID-19 pandemic flattened business throughout the city, among the hardest hit were its restaurants. Collectively they were the largest sector by the amount for Federal Paycheck Protection Program loans, according to Eyewitness News data analysis.

Suburban Rockland, Westchester, Orange, Nassau, and Suffolk counties saw fewer declines in long-term foot traffic, dropping only an…

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