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Lee Co. businesses react to new closings

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Local business owners say they know additional closures mandated by the Governor's office are necessary, but say it doesn't make things easier.

Governor Kim Reynolds announced yesterday she had expanded the state's disaster emergency proclamation.

She ordered additional businesses like malls, tobacco and vaping stores, libraries and social clubs to be closed until April 30th.

"We're generational and if we don't find a way to stay alive now, we're going to be gone forever," 10th Street Station co-owner David Taylor said.

He said the governor's order has forced them to make some hard choices.

"We had five girls and we've actually laid three of them off and cut hours on the other two," he said.

Fort Madison Mayor Matt Mohrfeld said as a business owner, he understands the pain the pandemic is causing.

"I've never had this level of anxiety because of this level of unknown but that's shared from my newest employee all the way up the ladder to me," he said.

Taylor said they're adapting the way they do business not only to help themselves, but also others.

He said they're looking into forming a delivery co-op with other restaurants and social clubs.

"They do a lot of wonderful dinners in the evening but their buyers are mostly older, so they're not getting out and we have a few more weeks to go," he said.

Mohrfeld says it's what needs to be done.

"We just have to keep in mind to show some compassion and love and in a couple of weeks we'll be through this and we'll get back to planting our gardens," he said.

Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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