Tag: Closures

San Diego County avoids more business closures due to virus


FILE – In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, a woman wears a mask as she walks on campus at San Diego State University in San Diego. A coronavirus outbreak of more than 700 cases reported at San Diego State University has put all of San Diego County, with more than 3 million people, at risk of having to close indoor dining and shopping, many for a third time under California guidelines.


San Diego County has been spared having to close businesses under California’s revised system for reopening the economy.

An outbreak at San Diego State University has caused a surge of cases in the county. But the latest weekly figures released by the state on Tuesday showed the county still was able to keep its case levels just below a level that would have required new business closures.

San Diego State has nearly 850

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Permanent Business Closures Spike Because Of Pandemic

Nearly 98,000 U.S. businesses have closed permanently in the six months from March 1 to Aug. 31, according to a running count kept by Yelp that relies on self-reporting by business owners, followed by a vetting by Yelp staff. That is 23% more than said so in mid-July.

An additional 65,000 businesses have closed temporarily, Yelp said.

Businesses set up as solo proprietors, especially in professional services, have withstood the coronavirus pandemic better than most, according to Yelp. On the other hand, restaurants and retail stores continue to suffer from high total closures nationwide.

As of Aug. 31, more than 32,000 restaurants reported themselves to Yelp as closed, with nearly 19,600 indicating that the closures were permanent. The kinds of restaurants with the highest closure totals were breakfast places, hamburger joints, sandwich shops and places specializing in desserts. 

By contrast, pizza places, delis, food trucks and bakeries reported lower numbers

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Black women who own businesses fight against wave of closures

WASHINGTON — If Jeannine Cook had waited another month to open her bookstore, it probably wouldn’t exist.

Cook, the owner of Harriet’s Bookshop in Philadelphia, opened her doors in February. A month later, the pandemic hit and the questions came. “Is this life telling me like stop this stupid idea? Or is this life telling me I need to figure out how to go harder?” she remembered asking herself. “I knew, as an entrepreneur, that was a part of it. I just didn’t know to this extent.”

Women and minority-owned businesses were on the rise prior to the pandemic— and Black women were starting businesses at a quicker clip than anyone else. From 2014 to 2019, the number of women-owned businesses grew 21 percent while firms owned by women of color grew at double that rate, according to an annual report on women in business by American Express.

The pandemic

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How 305 Fitness Founder Sadie Kurzban Is Pivoting Her Business Model Amid Covid-19 Closures

While hundreds of New York’s boutique fitness studios are still fighting to reopen, one company is resolute to remain shut through the rest of 2020.

“There’s no break even in sight,” says Sadie Kurzban, founder and CEO of 305 Fitness. “At this time, the team and I do not expect to reopen our studio locations before 2021.”

Since August 24, New York State has begun lifting restrictions to allow some gyms to operate at one-third capacity and under specific guidelines, including but not limited to requiring masks during class, upgrading HVAC systems, and allowing for 6-10 feet of social distance in class. Kurzban explains that in an average 305 studio, 10 feet of distance means reducing classes to less than 25% of a normal class size.

“As a

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