California Gov. Warns Of Second Coronavirus Shutdown
We’ve hardly reached the worst of our economic woes. Because stimulus money continues to flow, many businesses and individuals have been insulated from the full economic travesty. But that’s coming. As the $600 federal unemployment fades away and Payroll loans run out, businesses will begin filing bankruptcy. And things could actually get worse if states such as California make good on threats to shut down again.
“We have the capacity and ability to toggle back in terms of the stay-at-home order,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a press conference on Thursday.
As businesses finally begin to attempt to salvage and reconcile, it appears it might be all for nothing. A second shutdown would cause such a major disruption, it’s difficult to fathom. But that may well be where we are headed, depending on how you look at things.
Restaurants in the L.A. area are already sounding the alarm in a state that’s unlikely to waiver on a second stay-at-home order.
Carol Bautista, a Torrance restaurant manager, said that if businesses have to shut down again it’s not just the restaurant’s fate she’s worried about.
“We would have to let go of all our employees one more time, and they were already struggling,” she said.
Many other restaurants in Torrance have yet to even reopen.
“Just driving around Torrance, you see so many things shut down because of coronavirus and not reopening,” said one customer. “So that’s also hard to see.”
In Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, which encompasses greater Pittsburgh, health officials banned the sale of alcohol for on-site consumption in bars, restaurants, and anywhere with a liquor license. Many of the area’s restaurants were showing glimmers of life. But such progress will likely be severely disrupted with the new ordinance in place.
This is not the time to rest on your laurels. Make sure you have SHTF supplies. Unfortunately, no one is safe from a second lockdown.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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