Local businesses navigate new COVID-19 restrictions

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Business owners across the region are reacting to the latest COVID-19 restrictions announced by Governor Wolf Thursday.

Some business owners are very upset about the new restrictions, while others say they understand why they are being put into place.

“We’re still going to have cut back hours but we are going to be able to keep some people working here as long as we have outdoor dining and people don’t get frostbite…laughing,” said Richard Hart, Owner, Buona Sera Ristorante.

Richard Hart owns Buona Sera Ristorante in Wilkes-Barre. He will offer outside dining in these tents, complete with portable heaters. The timing of the Governor’s announcement Thursday stunned him.

“Right before the holidays it’s horrible you know. It’s a time when businesses like this make a lot of money. People aren’t cooking for Christmas they are going out shopping and they want to go outside and not have to go home and cook. We are going to lose New Year’s Eve crowd. It’s not going to be good for anyone in our business,” said Hart.

“I kind of knew it was coming with all the cases recently,” said Daniel Cronauer, Owner, 10 X Fitness.

Daniel Cronauer owns the 10 X Fitness Center in Mountain Top. He says while the closure orders will hurt his bottom line he understand it’s all about keeping people safe. 

“ From our standpoint we want to make sure.. hey it’s only three weeks. It’s a reasonable time frame. We’ll keep everyone safe through Christmas and New Years and do our part,” said Cronauer.

Other business owners we spoke with who did not want to appear on camera say they were just starting to climb back from the effects of COVID-19 restrictions in the Spring and fear these restrictions could mean the end of their businesses.

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