And there’s economic mortality too

Latest in a series of posts on the coronavirus

There were voices at Council last night that reminded us of the loss of businesses too.

A different kind of death.

Goddam pandemic.

The governor has tightened the restrictions.

Listen to the owner of the Borderline who called in to Council last night (2 mins.).

He got a call from the Health Bureau to stop indoor dining — or else.

“Isn’t there something the Mayor can do about this??

  • What do you want us to do? Curbside is not going to pay my bills.
  • How do I give my waitresses a nice Christmas?
  • I have 27 employees, and I have to lay off 22.
  • My restaurant is COVID free, I have 6 air purifiers in my restaurant . . . My air is 99.1% germ free.
  • And now they’re going to take my health license because I’m open for indoor dining?
  • Isn’t there something the Mayor can do about this?
  • The Mayor can overrule this.
  • Or the Mayor could not worry about this . . .
  • What can I do?
  • This is threatening to close my business.

Tough spot for the Borderline guy.

Tough spot for the Mayor.

I often ask you to role play.

What would you do if you were Mayor?

Tough call.

to be continued in the next post . . .


4 thoughts on “And there’s economic mortality too

  1. I appreciate his fear but air purifiers are not sanitizers, what they are able to clear is dependent on the size of a molecule. Also, lets not forget the businesses who have made significant changes in their business models and are doing fine, some better than precovid. There are many. Any business who insists on business as usual and waiting this thing out is naive.

  2. The really sad thing is that both are the result of the US government’s ham-handed approach, setting health of people and health of the economy as opposed.

    For decades, people have known how to deal with an epidemic:

    • frequent testing, especially of people who are not showing any symptoms;
    • effective isolation or quarantine of all who test positive or were exposed to those testing positive;
    • basic precautions such as wearing masks when with others and frequent hand washing;
    • spend money on treatment and protecting essential workers, not on vaccines;
    • When the epidemic is as severe as this one, provide cash assistance to individuals & small local businesses.

    None of these are difficult or controversial; they were all learned from experience with previous infectious diseases. None of them require shutting down businesses or events except those where large numbers of people are brought into close contact.

    Countries that followed such practices this year have much, much lower fatality rates and much less harm to individuals & businesses.

    Failure to strictly implement these common-sense policies in this country has killed about 350,000 people and caused serious harm to small, local businesses (especially when the big corporations are allowed to steal the meager assistance that was provided.

  3. Michele Downing shows how naive she is to attack a restaurant industry business that is unduly targeted by our Governor.

    There is no restaurant that has changed their business model & doing better than pre-Covid—none!! Give the guy from Borderline a little respect.

    Perhaps the mayor could petition Governor Wolf to exempt Bethlehem since our hospital system is not stressed. In addition restaurants have been deemed to be only a 1.4% source of COVID thru extensive contact tracing in NY.

  4. Dear Bruce…. HipCity Vedge, Charlie was a Sinner, Bar Bon Bon, Roasted, VegOut….. to name a few. Google is free Bruce

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