Businesses close during COVID-19 shutdowns

September 21, 2020

Ever since the California “Stay at Home” order was put in place on Mar. 16, many small businesses have been struggling due to lower sales and figuring out how to reopen safely.  Unfortunately various shops have had to close because of the lack of business. Over 50 million people work at small businesses nationwide and during the COVID-19 pandemic the chances of these businesses surviving have severely declined. According to Yelp data, around 60% of businesses that closed due to pandemic restrictions, have closed permanetly. 

One local coffee shop in Redlands has closed indefinitely as one of the owners passed away due to COVID-19. Other places have done their best to stay open. Augie’s Coffee House was not able to stay open and closed on July 4th. 

“Without Auggie’s now my dad doesn’t have a coffee place he can work from and he had to find a new place to get his coffee beans. I went there for my Mock Trial competitions so now I won’t be able to do that again and make more memories with my friends…other businesses will probably close because of COVID-19 and I think it is always important to support local businesses especially in tough times like these,” said sophomore Elizabeth Cisneros-Oakes. 

Although many have had to close due to the pandemic, there are quite a few that are staying open and using new methods to continue conducting their businesses. Numerous restaurants have stayed opened via outdoor dining, takeout, delivery, and mask mandates. Hair salons have started to set up outdoor booths to keep their businesses afloat. 

One of these struggling businesses is Cellar Door Books in the Canyon Crest shopping center. Before the pandemic hit, they offered a wide variety of book clubs and hosted countless author events. 

“COVID-19 has affected our business drastically. We have not been open since the governor closed all businesses. We did not open for that short period of time, the [Coronavirus] numbers did not indicate that we ought to be open.When everything was absolutely closed we were shipping everything. And for that six weeks there it was just my son and I. My staff was furloughed,” said Cellar Door Books owner Linda Sherman. 

The store has moved to doing primarily online orders and has more recently started to allow one family at a time to come into the store. This way Sherman is once again able to have employees work for her and assist her with this new way of doing business virtually and in person with restrictions. Many businesses did not expect the pandemic to last nearly so long. 

“If people would just abide by the rules and we could’ve been out of this, so it’s frustrating,” said Sherman.

This pandemic has harmed many local businesses and has even forced many of them to close in recent months. Local businesses do not have the power that corporations have to switch to online orders with ease and they need as much help as possible to keep themselves afloat. 


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