Businesses in Manchester and the surrounding area are trying to navigate through changes caused by the COVID-19 virus.
Manchester Chamber Director Jessica Pape:
The changes came especially quickly on Tuesday after Governor Reynolds ordered all restaurants and bars in Iowa to temporarily close, with the exception of deliveries and carryouts. And movie theaters and fitness clubs have been ordered to close too. Pape says some restaurants have closed completely, but others are continuing to stay open to offer options such drive through, deliveries and carryouts.
Pape says it’s a strange time right now because you don’t really know how to feel – and that goes for the owners and employees of businesses too.
The Manchester Chamber is working closely with the Small Business Administration to help local businesses through this situation by offering financial assistance.
You can find more information on the Manchester Chamber’s website, along with details about assistance for workers and employers impacted by layoffs related to COVID-19. Pape encourages the public to find ways to support local businesses during this challenging time.
We have received over fifty announcements from local businesses that are making changes to their normal operations – from banks to dental offices to retail stores. You can find the latest list on our website at kmch.com – and we’ve posted a link to the Chamber’s announcements there as well.
photo courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH