Many small business owners worry a second shutdown would be devastating

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But now they face even more hurdles in their bid to survive. The Paycheck Protection Program — a major lifeline for many — will stop issuing new loans after Tuesday. And the closure comes just as coronavirus cases are spiking in dozens of states, calling into question whether state and local authorities will hit the brakes on the economy again.As it is, pulling in customers during multiple “phases” of reopening has been challenging. Businesses have had to constantly update their marketing for which services they’re providing — Delivery? Curbside pickup? In-person shopping? Outdoor dining only? — and the new health rules that go along with those. “It’s an extra PR nightmare,” said Ann Leadbetter, who owns Meriwether Cider in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and two adult daughters. Her business includes a tap room and a cider house from which they sell their own hard ciders. But small business owners say the biggest ongoing hurdle is the financial uncertainty that clouds everything.No idea when they’ll be able to operate ‘quasi-normally’Leadbetter said she is grateful for the PPP loan she received because it helped her family stay in business. And she is grateful that the federal CARES Act relieved …

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