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Small business owners hopeful pandemic doesn't get worse

Health officials fear it will
Posted at 11:36 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 23:36:18-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Health officials continue to warn Covid-19 will likely become even more widespread in the winter. This has small business owners, many of them who are just getting back on their feet, worried.

Meredith Frey is one of them. "I definitely have anxiety when the numbers rise," she said. Frey has reason to worry because she opened her business, Indy Fused Glass, in January.

"I had really started to get going and then of course, like everybody else, big downturn, shutdown, wasn't able to come in at all." Frey said.

Eight months into the pandemic, Frey is back open and eager for customers.

"It's been nice to see people finally here and feeling comfortable enough to come out," Frey said. "I have everybody take their temperature before they come in. I do a little self-screening. They fill out a form. [I ask] Have they been around anybody who's been sick? I have hand sanitizer. I keep space between everyone."

Frey's business is in the Circle City Industrial Complex, home to several businesses. All of them were happy to see people for the complex's First Friday. Frey tells WRTV, it was the biggest one they've had since the pandemic began. She's hopeful people continue taking the necessary precautions to slow the spread of Covid-19. She doesn't want to think about the alternative if things don't get better and our elected leaders have to intervene like they did in the spring.

"I will say if there's another shutdown, I'll be done. I don't think I could withstand a second shutdown,"