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States Are Closing Businesses over Coronavirus

Can the government shut down private businesses? Should it?

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President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency over the Coronavirus pandemic. The emergency declaration gave $50 billion to fight the illness, thanks to a law called the Stafford Act, which also allows the government to share medical costs.

That’s a lot of money that can go a long way in helping treat the sick and keep everyone else healthy. However, there’s another side to the emergency. California, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington have all announced that restaurants will be closed for dining but can stay open for deliveries, curbside pick-ups, and drive-through service.

California, New York, and Washington have the most cases of Coronavirus a.k.a. COVID-19, but as this illness spreads around the nation, restaurant owners in other states fear they’ll be shut down too. Other areas have taken action, though not as strict.

Some efforts are being made to help employees who will lose money from these closures. Business owners will get some help too, but will it be enough? They will be losing a lot of money – especially if they can’t provide drive-through services or deliveries.

As local governments scramble to contain the virus, more are likely to put limits on these types of businesses. Is this a good way to stop the virus from spreading, or will small businesses be forced to shut down for nothing?

Kelli Ballard

National Correspondent at and Kelli Ballard is an author, editor, and publisher. Her writing interests span many genres including a former crime/government reporter, fiction novelist, and playwright. Originally a Central California girl, Kelli now resides in the Seattle area.

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