September 16, 2021

Small business owner says Democrat-led COVID benefits are smothering middle class

FILE – In this April 30 ,2020 file photo, a barber shop shows closed and hiring sign during the COVID-19 in Chicago. On Thursday, Aug. 27, just over 1 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the coronavirus outbreak (Associated Press)

Florida small business owner Lea Orchard says she is still reeling from the financial repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s not the economic shutdown that has had a lasting effect on her business.

“2018, 2019 we we’re rocking. We had no shortage of customers or stylists – everything was great,” Orchard, who owns several salons in the Great Clips franchise told Fox News. 

“Then COVID hit and we got shut down for eight weeks. I’m in Florida so it wasn’t as bad as other states,” she added. “I had 97 employees when we shut down. When we opened back up only 50 came back.”


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