As Georgia businesses start reopening today and next week, business owners express their caution while saying that they must open their doors to survive financially.
Mario Zelaya, CEO of Bad Ax Throwing, said that most small business owners don’t want to open up, but they have to because of rental agreements and financial instability.
“I think what the audience really needs to understand is that nobody wants to open up. As business owners, we are all worried, we are afraid, we are worried. It is not something we are proud of. We are sort of waging our own war on survival, ”said Zelaya.
Greg Smith, who owns a gym in Martinez, Georgia, told John King of CNN that he was taking steps such as spacing equipment 10 feet, checking customer temperatures and purchase of an air filtration system.
Smith said a few customers have expressed concerns, but he thinks he will be able to keep the experience safe.
Lester Crowell, owner of a hair salon in Marietta, Georgia, said he consulted his employees about returning to work. About half said they would be back this week and Crowell said the show would be back on schedule next week.
“I certainly have a hesitation. I am anxious, I am afraid, I am excited at the same time. I’m just trying to trust the advice of our local government, ”said Crowell.