WASHINGTON: A two and half minute full solar eclipse will cost US economy $694 million due to the business stoppage for that time.
The estimates are based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Monday’s eclipse will last nearly two-and-a-half minutes.
“There’s very few people who are not going to walk outside when there’s a celestial wonder happening above their heads to go out and view it,” said the firm’s Vice President Andrew Challenger.
He added that some people might take longer than three minutes, as they will need to prepare their telescopes or special viewing glasses or even take off for the day.