WASHINGTON

As the coronavirus spreads around the country, restaurants in the U.S. state of Virginia are getting hurt by the virus, with some business owners complaining of paying out of pockets for the expenses.

Turgut Yigit, 51, owns Istanbul Grill restaurant, which has been in business for two years on Wilson Boulevard, Arlington county.

He said since the first case was reported in Baltimore, Maryland earlier this month, the reservations have been canceled by the customers.

“For the past three weeks, not many customers are walking in and I am having difficulty with paying my employees’ salaries,” says Yigit. “I

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