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Businesses worry after governor orders closures of bars and restaurants
Businesses worry after governor orders closures of bars and restaurants
Crystal Borson and her employees unloaded a truckload of food on Monday, meant to stock the Philly’s Steak N’ Company restaurant located inside the Beacon Club in Mills.
Crystal Borson and her employees unloaded a truckload of food on Monday, meant to stock the Philly’s Steak N’ Company restaurant located inside the Beacon Club in Mills.

What she’ll do with the goods now, she can’t say.

“I didn’t foresee this happening,” she said. “So I’m sitting on a lot of product.”

Gov. Mark Gordon issued an order Thursday closing bars, gyms and most other communal spaces across the state of Wyoming through April 3, a response to the spread of coronavirus across the U.S.

In his announcement, Gordon wrote, “These are hard measures and they will be difficult for employees and businesses alike, but they are warranted.”

The measure is meant to limit the spread of the virus, and hopefully reduce the burden on the state’s health care system as providers work to treat the sick. The effort also follows guidance from national and state health officials, who have urged social distancing in recent weeks.

But while many local businesses say they understand the need for the unprecedented action, they worry for their employees, and for their businesses’ ability to bounce back after the closures are lifted.

While restaurants are still able to operate, they’ve been limited to curbside pick-up and delivery only. No dine-in. Borson’s restaurant is inside of the Beacon Club, and with bars ordered closed, she won’t be able to keep her establishment going, either.

She said she had already been trying out delivery, using the service Door Dash, but she hasn’t been getting enough orders for it to be worth staffing full shifts. She operates the restaurant herself, doesn’t have insurance or a large savings to pad lost wages for the next two weeks. And she’s particularly worried about her staff.

“We all have kids,” she said.

But it’s not just the next two weeks that are going to be a challenge for Borson. Her food budget has now been wiped clean, and she isn’t sure she’ll be able to reopen once the closure requirement has been lifted.

“We’re just hoping it goes away fast,” she said.
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Businesses worry after governor orders closures of bars and restaurants
Businesses worry after governor orders closures of bars and restaurants
Crystal Borson and her employees unloaded a truckload of food on Monday, meant to stock the Philly’s Steak N’ Company restaurant located inside the Beacon Club in Mills.
Crystal Borson and her employees unloaded a truckload of food on Monday, meant to stock the Philly’s Steak N’ Company restaurant located inside the Beacon Club in Mills.

What she’ll do with the goods now, she can’t say.

“I didn’t foresee this happening,” she said. “So I’m sitting on a lot of product.”

Gov. Mark Gordon issued an order Thursday closing bars, gyms and most other communal spaces across the state of Wyoming through April 3, a response to the spread of coronavirus across the U.S.

In his announcement, Gordon wrote, “These are hard measures and they will be difficult for employees and businesses alike, but they are warranted.”

The measure is meant to limit the spread of the virus, and hopefully reduce the burden on the state’s health care system as providers work to treat the sick. The effort also follows guidance from national and state health officials, who have urged social distancing in recent weeks.

But while many local businesses say they understand the need for the unprecedented action, they worry for their employees, and for their businesses’ ability to bounce back after the closures are lifted.

While restaurants are still able to operate, they’ve been limited to curbside pick-up and delivery only. No dine-in. Borson’s restaurant is inside of the Beacon Club, and with bars ordered closed, she won’t be able to keep her establishment going, either.

She said she had already been trying out delivery, using the service Door Dash, but she hasn’t been getting enough orders for it to be worth staffing full shifts. She operates the restaurant herself, doesn’t have insurance or a large savings to pad lost wages for the next two weeks. And she’s particularly worried about her staff.

“We all have kids,” she said.

But it’s not just the next two weeks that are going to be a challenge for Borson. Her food budget has now been wiped clean, and she isn’t sure she’ll be able to reopen once the closure requirement has been lifted.

“We’re just hoping it goes away fast,” she said.



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