Small businesses facing tough decisions

The New York Times reported on small businesses weathering lockdowns in America, and how an increasing number of them may choose not to reopen, due to both economic and physical complexities.

Stores weathering the pandemic are having a hard time seeing a viable future, especially when governments reopen stores, only to close again—a situation that may persist for months.

Some owners also find the constant changes in requirements difficult to follow, as guidelines for safety are rapidly evolving. This is to be expected, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

From the article: “Many small businesses are also finding it onerous keep up with constantly changing local guidelines, while others are deciding that no matter what their local officials say, it just is not safe to keep going. Gabriel Gordon, the owner of a tiny but popular barbecue restaurant in Seal Beach, Calif., decided to close permanently after studying the restaurant’s layout. He had determined that the kitchen would never be safe for multiple staff members to occupy at once while the virus was still active in the area.”

This action is an early indicator of predictions like this one, from April, that big stores will get bigger as mom-and-pop stores struggle to adapt. Local establishments are hoping that government assistance and clarity will help them survive.