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Local businesses seek additional financial support from government

Jaclyn Harold
Updated: November 11, 2020 10:06 PM
Created: November 11, 2020 09:18 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- For some local businesses the new curfew announced by Governor Tim Walz is not as concerning to them as winter weather and financial support.

Austin Jevne the head brewer at Forager said the brewery closed at 11 pm, so now closing an hour earlier will not make or break the business. He said winter in Minnesota does not make outdoor seating a great option, so closing their patio was a decision they felt comfortable making.

However, Jevne said local businesses depend a lot on local support, which is becoming hard to depend on when the community is still looking for support as well.

"Everybody is struggling right now so as much as we love the local support that we've gotten over the last nine months, I think it's super difficult for those people when they're struggling to also continue to spend this money in a section in their life that isn't absolutely necessary" said Jevne.

He said that he would support another shutdown to help decrease cases in the community if the government could assure businesses a life after that shutdown.

Jevne said with the rising cases across the country, he does not believe state regulations are enough to combat the virus. Collective he thinks leaders from the top need to make a national plan to get the spread under control.

"One state shuts down and then everybody from that state goes to another state to do all the things they want to do anyway," said Jevne, which he explains continues the cycle of the spread.

Other restaurants like Potbelly's sandwich owner Erin Nystrom says they've taken it upon themselves to close indoor dining. A decision she believes protects the community and her employees. She also said taking precautions to decrease cases are important, and she believes Governor Walz's intentions are in the right place.

"We know more so what we're dealing with, how to prevent it, how to manage it in whatever way that we can. So I think we go into this, all be it a hard decision, much more prepared than we did last time," said Nystrom.

The pandemic has had its impact on businesses in different ways since the very beginning, and some business owners believe it will continue to if we as a whole don't do more to fight it. Although some say they agree with what Gov. Walz is trying to do they say it may take a little more collaboration than just Minnesotans.

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