COVID crisis takes bite out of business in Sussex – Delaware State News

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With bar seating allowed once again in the beach area beginning Sept. 4, patrons enjoy a meal at tables and the bar at Thompson Island near Rehoboth Beach. Social distancing restrictions still apply. (Special to the Delaware State News/Chuck Snyder)
If 2020 were a movie, an appropriate title might be “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
Since COVID-19’s arrival in mid-March, business in Delaware has ridden a roller-coaster of sorts, punctuated by ups and downs of virus transmission and unemployment, a weeks-long shutdown for some industries, phases of reopening and quarantine demands of neighboring states. That ride remains an uncertain path for many.
The good news: Some businesses and trades survived relatively immune to the coronavirus or flourished by the unexpected conditions the pandemic created.
“We’re fortunate that in the eight towns we cover, we have some year-round communities that were less impacted than some of our coastal communities,” said Bethany/Fenwick Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lauren Weaver. “There are some industries that have fared well. Outdoor activities were not impacted as much. Garden centers did great. Beverage companies did well … and grocers.”
The bad news: Other retailers have stomached financial blows but treaded water and remain …

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