“I would just like people to be considerate of the small businesses that are having trouble surviving this,” she said. “We’re at 18 months, and it’s a struggle every day.” Cooney said she wants to see more people get vaccinated if they can, adding that she wouldn’t be opposed to another mask mandate to help slow the spread of COVID. News community leaders say Cooney isn’t the only one who feels this way.
“Today was an excessively slow day,” she expressed. “I can’t do a week or a month of a day like today.” Study: COVID-19 vaccines remain effective against delta variant
News at Small Batch Soups is down at least 25% since June, Cooney said. Up to 85% of Small Batch Soups’ business comes during lunchtime from nearby offices and conventions, Cooney said. But recently, some people who used to work in those offices full-time are working from home.
“They want folks to voluntarily go get themselves vaccinated,” Brinegar said. “And they want this to help knock down this outbreak.” Last week, the federal pandemic unemployment benefits ended, and the Biden administration announced some expanded loans for small businesses. Brinegar said he’s hopeful those changes will make a difference, but he added that it’s not a silver bullet for businesses facing challenges. Brinegar said several of his member business owners are feeling far less optimistic about the economy compared to earlier this summer.
“They’re weary, they’re frustrated, and they feel like the unvaccinated population is perpetuating this pandemic unnecessarily or perpetuating this pandemic at a level that is unnecessary,” said Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Riley Hospital delays opening of maternity tower due to rising COVID-19 cases & toll on workers
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