Subway told around 23,000 restaurants to reopen and resume business as usual ––or what it was before the pandemic, operating at 84 hours a week, 12 hours a day, sources told the New York Post.
Franchisees are reportedly concerned about being exposed to and exposing employees to COVID-19 while working longer hours than practial, with store sales still down.
“We don’t want workers standing around and making with taxes $20 per hour. That’s a lot of money,” a franchisee told the Post, explaining that sales were down 30% for the week ending Sept. 8 over last year.
Earlier in the year, fast-food chains like Subway began reducing the prices they charge franchise operators when business came to a halt with stay-at-home orders in place. The backlash comes as a number of fast-food chains, including McDonald's, start mandating that franchisees repay deferred fees, the outlet adds.
Subway did not immediately return FOX Business' request for comment.