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How are local businesses making it during the pandemic?

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QUINCY, IL (WGEM) -- The pandemic has had an impact on businesses across the country, even right here in the Tri-States.

New numbers from officials in Quincy are shedding light on how small businesses are doing.

Officials said many businesses have struggled during the pandemic, but not as many have closed as people may suspect.

While the city of Quincy doesn’t keep records on all businesses opening and closing, The District does keep track of the downtown businesses.

Executive director Bruce Guthrie said they have had 20 businesses open and six businesses close in the last year, but not all of the closures can be attributed to the pandemic.

“That gets kind of difficult, " Guthrie said. "I only know of a few that have closed directly because of the pandemic. There have been a few that have closed because they’ve been bought by someone else or their building has been torn down or what have you.”

Guthrie said The District has heard from local businesses that are still struggling from the affects of the pandemic and government resources have helped them stay open.

Second String Music Owner Rodney Hart says businesses around him are trying to make it work.

“There’s an ebb and flow to businesses no matter what the conditions are, " Hart said. "Have some businesses in The District and in Quincy closed? Yes. Have others moved? Yes. But have others come in to fill those spaces? Yes."

Guthrie said they have also seen an uptick in traffic since Illinois restrictions have been loosened and more people are getting the vaccine, which is helping.

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Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer is a Morning Anchor/Reporter at WGEM.

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