COVID-19 Lockdown

Local Businesses Brace For Potential Second Shutdown

As coronavirus cases rise in the state, local businesses, health care providers and government officials are bracing for the effects to ripple through the local economy and residents’ day-to-day lives.

The sentiment expressed by many in leadership in these organizations is that they hope there are lessons learned from earlier this year and that draconian shut-downs don’t occur, but that they are preparing for the worst.

“What I’m hearing from the business community is that they are fearing something is coming. It’s the unknown,” said Joseph Viele, executive director of the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce.