(Gloucestercitynews.net)(October 28, 2020)--Over 20 percent of small businesses in America will close due to the economic stagnation caused by the novel coronavirus, and Gloucester City is not exempted from this forecast. However, there is hope, as businesses across the board are predicted to pull through through with the help of various governmental programs. In Gloucester, where fishing is big business, a whopping $11.2 million was set aside by the local government to help eligible commercial fishing businesses tide over their losses. In July, small businesses were also eligible to get help from the State of New Jersey to pay for their rent.
Businesses Are Reopening
Despite the fear caused by Covid-19, businesses in Gloucester City started reopening in July, and the trend is expected to continue, thanks to government efforts and the will of the business sector. State officials have been encouraging residents to shop local since July as well, while reminding people to follow health protocols and to not let their guards down. The State of New Jersey has put together a certain set of rules on the state’s way back to normalcy. Aside from wearing masks and frequent hand washing, businesses are reminded to disinfect their places of business. Many Gloucester City shops have already hired professional disinfection services specific for Covid-19 to ensure the safety of their work environments. Since the pandemic began, the importance of thorough cleaning and disinfection became more apparent. Armed with their personal protective equipment, these teams offer comprehensive cleaning services to various establishments, and are also certified to clean sensitive environments such as hospitals.
There Is Hope
The statewide stay at home order in March made life difficult for many businesses in the area, but there is hope. While it is not yet known when the pandemic will end, there is hope for businesses in Gloucester City, especially since the federal government is giving its all to help not only the business sector, but Gloucester residents too. Helping both are very important ingredients for the city to thrive in spite of the current situation.
The city bouncing back to the economic situation before March 2020 will take time, but Gloucester City is working its way towards it. Business owners in Gloucester are encouraged to hold on tight for the meantime, while we are still in the midst of Covid-19.
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