STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Pennsylvania is slowly opening back up.
Five counties in our area have moved into the green phase while four more counties join the yellow phase of Governor Wolf’s reopening plan, including Monroe County.
“I imagine it will take some time for people to get used to the fact that we’re open again, to start coming back in but I’m definitely glad to be back open,” Gamer’s Edge general manager Daniel Morales said.
A brand new day for small business in Stroudsburg as they welcome in old customers and friends after so long.
“I imagine a lot of people are starting to feel like I am. We’ve been waiting for news and finally we’re able to open and do something again. Now it’s just slowly getting back to some normal or ‘new normal’,” Morales said.
Places like the Gamer’s Edge, one of the many local shops along Main Street, back in business. Having gotten by with online orders and delivery, one of their biggest revenue streams comes with game and card tournaments — a bit of an issue with a 25-person yellow phase limit.
“We’re going to have limits on the amount of people we can have so far. There’s only certain events where I was even worried about hitting that limit, but yeah, we are going to have to limit the amount of people we can have in the back for now,” Morales said.
While some welcome traffic with sanitary precautions, others having to stay on the brakes for a bit longer.
“We had to make the tough decision to not all-the-way open in the yellow phase, simply because of the size of our store,” Pocono Soap store manager Amanda Beam said.
A common ground with many downtown Stroudsburg businesses. Luckily, customer bases with understanding are another.
“I was a little nervous that customers would be angry that they couldn’t come in because technically, legally, they are allowed. Everybody’s been really supportive,” Beam said.
Keeping afloat and moving forward takes a careful balance and small business has learned to adapt and overcome.
“Everybody’s…While we’re in a very similar situation, had a very unique reaction. Of course, we’d all love to get back to normal but we have to do it in very different ways,” Beam said.
For many Monroe County shops in the coming days? It’s still mostly good news.
“With how close we are to New Jersey and New York, I was expecting us to be in the red phase a bit longer just because the thru traffic here from those two, but, the sooner green comes, the better and for now? Just glad to be open,” Morales said.
Many of the shops that aren’t able to open due to social distancing guidelines are getting by with online ordering until the county moves into the green phase.