The review site has been monitoring closures since March. Businesses can update their status to temporarily or permanently closed on Yelp.
As of August 31, nearly 163,700 businesses on Yelp have closed since March 1, the company said, marking a 23% increase since July 10. Of these, around 98,000 claim to have closed their doors forever.
Of all closed businesses, around 32,100 are restaurants and nearly 19,600, or about 61%, have closed permanently.
According to Yelp, some restaurants fared better than others: pizzerias, delis, food trucks, bakeries and coffee shops performed better overall than Mexican restaurants, breakfast and brunch spots, burgers or sandwich shops, or restaurants that focus on dessert. .
Restaurant groups have warned that many restaurants will not survive the blow of the pandemic.
This week, the National Restaurant Association said 100,000 restaurants have been closed permanently or long-term, adding that the industry is on track to lose $ 240 billion in sales this year.
A number of factors have made it particularly difficult for restaurants, which tend to operate with razor-thin margins even at the best of times, to overcome discomfort.
Retail operators are also struggling. About 30,400 stores and retail stores on Yelp have closed since March 1, about 17,500, or 58% of them permanently. And cities have been particularly hard hit, according to the data. Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Miami have seen a particularly large number of companies go out of business.