EASTON, Pa. - Even when businesses can re-open, things will still be far from normal. For many, capacity will be cut to at least 50 percent and that means a significant cut in profits.
“We have our masks, we have our shields, we are splitting shifts I'm fortunate enough that I have a large space here," said Rena Hawk, owner of Millenia Salon in Easton.
Ed Hanna, owner of Union and Finch in Allentown, is in the same situation. "Thankfully the way this restaurant is designed it's going to allow us to socially distance fairly easily," he said. "Now to do that at 25 or 50%, that's going to be certainly better than what we're doing now, but managing that and then managing the to-go business because we're gonna have to continue that to fill the gaps."
Both say filling in the gaps will be key, and a lesson in creativity. “Last week they passed a law for allowing to-go liquor and that was a huge help over the weekend," said Hanna. “We're gonna probably work longer, and harder, and it'll be less profitable along with hiring a sanitation company and a sterilization company," said Hawk.
It's not certain whether it will be financially worth it to reopen in a limited capacity, but they're willing to try. “We love what we do, we love the clients, that we do it for," said Hawk.