South Asian American liquor store owners confront a dilemma: higher sales but higher risks.Rujuta Saksena
“Dad, wear a mask to work!”
I texted this to my inherently placid parents in early April, as the COVID-19 crisis unfolded. In contrast to my perturbed text, my father replied with a simple “OK.” By now, he had taken to terse replies and a strategy of ostensible agreement when it came to his daughter sharing unsolicited doctorly advice.
My father is an easygoing, “hakuna matata” type of man who has owned a liquor store in Delaware since 1998. He has a ready smile and is a natural at hearty conversations with his customers. My favorite sommelier knows the best wines to pair with foods — he has tested them out himself.
When many American leaders deemed liquor stores essential amid a diabolical pandemic, my feathers were ruffled — both as a daughter and as a health care professional. During global pandemics, there’s usually agreement on what constitutes essential services: health care workers, law enforcement, utility workers, groceries, journalism. But liquor stores are a controversial call.
More than 35 states have declared liquor stores essential businesses. U.S. alcohol sales increased by
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