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They’re Crucial to the U.S. Economy. But Small Business Owners Say They Are at the End of Their Ropes as Omicron Sweeps Across U.S.

Published December 22, 2021

Last week, Diana Mora and Dashiell Brody decided to close their Brooklyn, New York, music venue bar Friends and Lovers until New Years Eve. Artists kept cancelling at the last minute – sending their programming manager in a frenzy to find a replacement or get on the stage himself to fill in – and they wanted to make sure their employees could see their families without being exposed to COVID-19.

It wasn’t a decision they took lightly – they talked with their staff and crunched the numbers to see what the impact would be. They are paying them through the week and directing hourly workers toward unemployment for the weeks off. The two felt a moral responsibility to protect their 12 employees and community from the omicron variant.

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