NFIB Reacts to New Local Restrictions on Small Businesses
ANNAPOLIS (Dec. 10, 2020) – Local officials, including the county executives of Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties, recently announced additional restrictions on retail, personal services, recreational businesses, and bars and restaurants saying they are necessary to stem the flow of the COVID-19 virus. These restrictions include the elimination of indoor dining, further restrictions in capacity at indoor establishments, and the full closure of various facilities. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in Maryland, which represents thousands of small businesses in the state, reacted to the news. The following comments are from NFIB’s Maryland State Director, Mike O’Halloran:
“This is extremely difficult news for hundreds of small businesses in these jurisdictions. Owners are doing everything they can to protect their employees, customers, and clients. But every time businesses are forced to close, however temporary officials think it might be, or face restrictions which make it impossible to operate, those closures and restrictions mean more businesses will shut down for good, more jobs will be lost forever, and the unemployment numbers will grow.
We are at a point of no return for so many small businesses. They have gone to great lengths and great expense to follow every health requirement when it comes to PPE, physical installations, social distancing, and restrictions on customers and operations. Business owners did that to stay open and preserve jobs. But these latest restrictions will likely mean the end for many small businesses especially with financial assistance already exhausted.”