As bars, restaurants, and bowling alleys digest the latest round of shutdown restrictions, many are wondering how they’ll survive the latest blow to their businesses. Jason Mathiasen owner of Great River Bowl and Partners Pub in Sartell says they’ll continue to offer curbside take out, but that will only help them avoid laying off employees before the holidays:
“This is the hardest part about all of this stuff. We were all able to sustain this the first time, everybody kind of went through it we sucked it up and made it work. We brought in staff, probably overstaffed just to keep people going but this time around everybody is really struggling.”
Mathiasen says they’re hoping to reopen in four weeks so they can resume bowling leagues and in-person dining, but he isn’t so sure the governor will allow that to happen. He adds that if there is no small business help in this second round of shutdowns, many businesses like his won’t survive the second wave.