Turkish restaurant owners lending support U.S. medical staff during pandemic

Restaurants owned by Turks in the United States are providing discounts or free meals to the country’s overworked emergency services battling the rapid spread of COVID-19, the Daily Sabah reported on Sunday.

There are many workers in New York’s health care sector that are unable to go home for days due to a flood of suspected virus infections, the news outlet said, citing Hüseyin Bayram, a restaurant owner who has delivered free meals for medical workers in a nearby hospital.

Bayram, like many entrepreneurs, has been experiencing financial hardships caused by the city’s lockdown and had to place more well-off employees on leave.

The state of New York has become the U.S. coronavirus epicentre, with over 59,500 confirmed cases and at least 965 deaths caused by the virus, according to the New York Times.

Lisa Mayısoğlu, owner of Lisa’s Mediterranean Cuisine in New Jersey, also provides free food for hospitals in her area.

“They [medical workers] should be able to go out and eat a good meal sometimes, so I decided to cook for them every day. This is a time where everyone should help each other,” Mayısoğlu said.

Other restaurant owners have given 50 percent discounts to law enforcement agents and food aid to the needy.