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Ames Restaurant Owner Worried About Fallout from Governor’s Disaster Emergency Declaration

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AMES, Iowa – The State of Public Health Disaster Emergency issued by Gov. Kim Reynolds Tuesday morning has many small business owners wondering how they’ll survive after being forced to shut down or go to carry-out and delivery only service.

The order means restaurants and bars will be closed to the general public and went into effect at noon Tuesday. It does allow carry-out, drive-through, and delivery.

We spoke with an Ames restaurant owner who shared his concerns about the virus shutting down his business.

“I question whether anybody has the legal right to shove this down our throat in an hour and a half when we have food ready. I’ve got probably have 150 pounds of corned beef ready to go for tonight. I’m more worried about my employees, who’s going to pay them, how are they going to survive,” questioned Larry Goodale, at The Grove Café.

“I like eating out I think people are panicking we’re kind of being really quick to jump on the issue of it,” said Mary Glenn, of Ames who was eating at the Grove this morning. “I understand everybody’s concerned about it but it’s a virus it’s going to run its course I guess.”

“And if the governments going to do unemployment, am I going to get charged, and are they going to get the money and time to do any good or am I going to need to try to finance all these people that aren’t going to have a job for a month,” said Goodale.

According to information released by the State yesterday, people are eligible for unemployment who are affected directly, or indirectly by coronavirus. Employers will not be charged in this case, payment to employees can be expected from 7-10 days from the time of filing for unemployment.

The disaster emergency is supposed to go to the end of the month.


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