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Retail stores and restaurants have been hit hard during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 6:12 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 18:12:47-05

ANNAPOLIS — It's been rough on businesses during the pandemic. Retail and restaurants have been hit hard.

Through all the forced shut downs and closures, many businesses have struggled. Some have closed their doors.

The holidays are the backbone for many businesses. With the shut downs, this forced some businesses to take a look at new ways to please their customers.

"The nine week closure we had, forced us to put into place some creative ways to generate revenue and we actually created an additional revenue stream during theses forced closures."

With curbside service, pick ups and other new features, business are just realizing the impact of a poor Christmas shopping season and now many cities have canceled New Year's Eve celebrations.

Annapolis is one of those cities. Steve Samaras owns Zachary's Jewelers, his business has been impacted, but not as much as restaurants.

"You support the restaurants as much as possible. Carry out, whatever it takes to do what's necessary to keep them going."

Restaurants have gone through a lot of changes, many struggle to keep up with the ever changing guidelines. It's there way of making a living and they must power forward.

There have been many battles fought during this pandemic by business owners and they say they are not going to give up the fight or give up hope.

"You know, we are all in this together. This has been an absolute war that families, business, everyone has had to try and navigate through. We've lost a few battles all of us but, in the end we are going to win this war. No question in my mind."