As Reopening Begins, Cities Get First Glimpse of How Many Businesses Are Closed Permanently

Route Fifty: As states start to reopen, the first picture of how many businesses have closed their doors for good is starting to emerge.

Businesses have struggled to pay rent and retain employees as the pandemic forced governors to order major shutdowns across the country. Small, locally owned companies  were particularly hard hit, especially those owned by minorities and people with criminal records, who did not see much help from federal programs intended to keep businesses afloat during the pandemic.

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