That translates into a lot of money not being spent around town.
Amir Shiranian, who runs Amelia’s Taqueria, told the Globe in June that he was eager to see business get back to normal once the fall semester began. The taqueria ― with locations near Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Berklee ― typically counts on students for roughly 75 percent of sales.
While sales at Amelia’s have doubled since the spring, when students left Boston, they are still down by about 50 percent from this time last year. Shiranian said he hasn’t noticed any uptick at the restaurant near Berklee.
“We are doing better, but we are far from where our numbers were last year at this time,” he said.
Even at schools offering some in-person classes, students may have fewer reasons to move around if many of their classes are held online and they are following social