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Businesses Worry About Another Shutdown

With a second wave of Coronavirus cases hitting Vanderburgh County, businesses are fearful of another shutdown, which could mean the end of everything they’ve worked for. At the same time, they want to make sure their customers and employees are safe.

Posted: Oct 15, 2020 5:31 PM
Updated: Oct 17, 2020 2:13 PM

"A shutdown at this point -- would be catastrophic,” said Walter Edwards, a bar manager in downtown Evansville.

And he is one of many worried about another shutdown as Covid-19 cases increase in Vanderburgh County.

And with Evansville Mayor LLoyd Winnecke’s executive order on social events going into effect Monday, Oct. 19th, it may be a struggle for some areas with larger venues.

The order stipulates event organizers must submit plans to the Vanderburgh County Health Department if they want to exceed 125 people and must provide a plan on how they will make sure safety precautions are in place and social distancing is taken seriously.

After which, the health department can then approve, modify or reject the plan.

While Mayor LLoyd Winnecke's office says he has no intentions on restricting local commerce.

Businesses hope customers continue to follow the safety guidelines they have in place to slow down the spread.

"We can control everything at our end. Do the masks, keep our hands clean, clean the space," Edwards said. "We can control our own destiny that way."

But as the holidays loom, that destiny remains uncertain for Evansville store owner, Tracy Klemczewski.

"I started it from scratch and yeah it's really important to me,” she said. “I have a lot of customers who enjoy shopping here. So I would love to keep it open. Especially with Christmas coming up. It's a big time for the year for all business owners."

Business owners are stocking up with extra masks to hand out to customers in case they don’t have their own.

And say they undestand if more restrictions are put in place because they want everyone to be safe as well.


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