Business owners all over the country have organized rallies in order to persuade local governments to re-open the economy sooner rather than later. While most people agree the COVID-19 illness is serious and not to be taken lightly, many people are just as concerned about the state of our economy if the quarantine lasts much longer. Eric Moutsos, a local business owner in Utah, said in regards to the closure of businesses, “I own a small little solar broker company, and it’s wreaked havoc on us.” He’s not the only business owner who feels that way, and the effects of the closures have been devastating for many businesses around the globe. Several restaurants are able to continue operating through drive-thrus and take out, which is great news. However, not every industry is able to adjust their business model as easily and it’s putting many people out of work.
Some of the states who are currently organizing rallies in an effort to re-open the economy include:
- North Carolina
Other states continue to be added to that list each day. Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the jobs of over 20 million people in the United States and business owners are at the top of that list.
There are no easy answers. However, Moutsos says business owners understand the risk of illness if everyone opens back up too quickly and he says, “I believe that we have to take action as a people, and we can do it safely and responsibly,” Many business owners agree, and believe that they will be able to safely operate their businesses while continuing to serve the public and stay afloat.
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