Local business owners ask city for support

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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) – As the city council discussed tightening up COVID-19 restrictions, frustrations for small business owners were front and center at Monday night’s meeting.From a city-wide lockdown, to partially reopening, to now publicly asking for help… local business owners are now demanding a plan of action from the city council.On Monday night, there were about 15 local business owners gathered on the steps of City Hall, all with a unifying concern: support small businesses.That message was directed towards city council, who they say has failed to take action.“The pursuit of what?” said Paul Buitron, of Buitron Academy. “Happiness and liberty. Nobody right now is happy, and our liberties are being taken away.”Paul Buitron owns a martial arts school, which has been open for more than 30 years.He says he’s displeased with how the city council handled- or didn’t handle- the first lockdown at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.The owner of Fuddruckers in Laredo agrees.“We’ve been in this for eight months already, and no action has been taken,” said Celestino Marina. “And no action has been taken on helping small businesses.”Typically, this time of year is when …

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