Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

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Santa Barbara has become home to many larger, corporate entities, but I'm curious as to how the small local businesses are faring so far? This includes locally owned restaurants, retail shops, bars, etc. I've heard of a few businesses expanding their business models to include delivery now (such as El Rancho Market in Solvang) and wonder how other local businesses can creatively adapt to the current downturn.

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Pugluvr1912 Mar 15, 2020 03:03 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Please only go out to get the essentials like food( no restaurants/ order delivery if you want ) and medication.

truiz992 Mar 14, 2020 01:19 PM
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You all realize there are right around 50K Flu related deaths annually ? This is reported by The CDC.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/index.html

macpuzl Mar 15, 2020 07:05 PM
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There is a PG version out there that all the "it's just the flu" and "get over it" posters should definitely commit to memory: https://www.thejuicemedia.com/honest-government-ad-coronavirus-pg-version/

jqb Mar 15, 2020 03:14 PM
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FWIW, I have not bought any TP or hand sanitizer (I did replenish my supply of hand soap). Wrong about that, wrong about everything. https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/487489-worst-case-coronavirus-models-show-massive-us-toll "One model from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested that between 160 million and 210 million Americans could contract the disease over as long as a year. Based on mortality data and current hospital capacity, the number of deaths under the CDC's scenarios ranged from 200,000 to as many as 1.7 million. "

yin yang Mar 15, 2020 02:55 AM
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You seem new here. Guess you've figured out that refreshing after hitting "send" will show that your post is online. You can see it worked Saturday at 1:19 p.m. Enjoy your argumentative posting.

truiz992 Mar 15, 2020 01:24 AM
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Projected ? And who's projection are you basing this on ?That's a good one. I'm guessing your one of those that drove all over town in search of toilet paper ? I shouldn't have ended the previous sentence with a question mark.

My point ? My point is, our local economy is going to take a huge hit because of mass Hysteria because of such said "Projections" Many local small retailers that are already struggling with high rents won't be able to sustain such a hit. All this over something that won't even kill the average annual death rate from the "Flu"
By the way, what happened to the "FLU" ? Has it magically disappeared and is now referred to as the common cold in order to inflate the "Coronavirus Death" toll to justify creating a worldwide mass Hysteria and global economic chaos ?

Alexblue Mar 14, 2020 01:49 PM
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Truiz, yeah, we know that. Everyone knows that. People like you have been repeating that ad nauseam.

Do you understand that this is not the flu you are talking about?

salsa guy Mar 14, 2020 12:00 PM
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https://youtu.be/U9urfL4_AWI

Please read really useful info. He has cred, Times Man of the Year for his work on the AIDS vaccine and cure. Pay attention to the statistics of flu v Coronavirus. We are all over the top and in panic mode. Every inaccurate post spread more mis information and increases the panic quotient. Be safe and be sane

a-1584210937 Mar 14, 2020 11:35 AM
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We need to reduce contact so our hospitals are not overwhelmed and doctors don't have to decide in the ER if they are going to treat some or not. No one wants to make this decision. It could be a death sentence. If we reduce contact we reduce the rate of infection so we have the time, supplies and resources needed to treat everyone. One way to reduce contact is to stop shopping in pairs or more. I went to a grocery store last night in about 20% of people had a second third or fourth person with them shopping. As someone who has a pre-existing condition it's terrifying to see a grocery store like Albertsons or Ralph's or Vons or Costco allowing all of these extra people into the store when we have long lines and people are not practicing any social distancing. That one extra person in line could easily infect everyone around them. those people then infect others. Right now they're saying one infected person infect three more people on average. People really need to think about what they're doing and by my experience yesterday people just don't get it yet. I had to ask everyone around me to back up and give me space yesterday. I did everything that I could to make sure that those around me kept their distance when the store managers should be requiring that everyone distance themselves in line and preventing groups of people and to the store to shop. Only one person needs to shop not multiple adults.

sbsweetpea Mar 14, 2020 11:19 AM
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OH HELL YES! I have been a travel agent for 40 years and this is worse than 911. I work on commission only so I am looking at 0 income for the rest of the year and will probably owe commission back so will be in the RED. We agents often work on client trips for months before they travel and have to wait to receive out commissions until after the client has returned. So that basically means we have been working for nothing for months. This will probably finally drive me out of a business I love and is super hard to eke out a living at with the advent of the Internet. Am applying for a census job.

a-1584216562 Mar 14, 2020 01:09 PM
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The amped up hysteria has just about destroyed your travel industry, That is a darn shame. I hope this settles out soon. Talk about guilt by association - you people in the travel industry got far more than your fair share. I am truly sorry about this.

Grabber Mar 14, 2020 10:22 AM
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FWIW, my $.02: we are ALL going to get infected with this virus eventually - I don't think you can stop the spread of a virus that people can transmit before they even show symptoms. And maybe it's not such a disaster in the end - fatality rates are negligible except for the aged and ill. Perhaps it is Nature's way of 'cleaning house'. There are way too many humans on the planet, so thinning the population of those too weak and old to fight off the virus may, in the end, be beneficial to humanity at large. Time will tell. Meanwhile, panic buying and useless masks are just silly. Flame on :-)

a-1584209276 Mar 14, 2020 11:07 AM
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Yeah, “it only kills old or weak people” sounds good until you think about how many old and weak people you know and love. Or are. And the awful part is that some may die only because we don’t have enough hospital beds and ventilators—people who could be saved.

a-1584204184 Mar 14, 2020 09:43 AM
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What Italy is experiencing today, will be the scenario in the US in the future - essentially a complete lockdown as we quarantine ourselves, in perhaps as soon as a few weeks, perhaps longer. I am a nurse + am not being overly-alarming. We're being called upon to live with greater austerity + forethought, starting today. Life-as-we-knew it will not return for a long time, if ever. It's time to take stock of what one really values. For me, it's having "enough": basic comforts (food, water, shelter), lots of healthy hobbies (bird-watching skills are being sharpened daily ;-}, + helpful social relationships. We need to create new ways of being "community" together, being supportive of one another when we don't have the ability to be physically close. I'm up to this challenge!

Marathoner Mar 14, 2020 10:58 AM
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Vaccine development speed will break the Guiness Book of Records. They are fast tracking and skipping many of the preliminaries - pharmacokinetics, safety trials - and going straight to efficacy. Genetic sequencing now available permits targeting of specific viral genes that contribute to virulence. This will actually blow over once we figure out biochemical ways to trip up the whole pathogenesis pathway of this bug. In the meantime, we need to practice social isolation, Extreme Hygiene and keep our spirits up. 9:43 many good points, thank you, but things are not quite so grim.

Shasta Guy Mar 14, 2020 08:50 AM
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I was at Grocery Outlet yesterday picking up coconut milk for a recipe because TJs was wiped out. There was a woman with an open bag of chips in the front of her shopping cart that she was munching on throughout the store. Touch the cart handle, grab a chip, and put it in your mouth. Touch the dairy case door handle, grab a chip, and put it in your mouth. I wanted to give her a Darwin Award on the spot.

a-1584202172 Mar 14, 2020 09:09 AM
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It is about personal responsibility being the weak link, isn't it? Targeting a scape goat is not going to get us out of this.

Crystalandmaui Mar 14, 2020 08:34 AM
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Regarding small businesses, yesterday I forgot to buy coffee at the store, and wanting to go back to the store to stand in long lines, I decided to go to coffee bean to buy a bag of coffee, I thought I would get a cup Coffee and a crescent, well that all changed, after I saw the guy at the register, first he’s using the dirty register and collecting dirty money from peoples hands, then reaching into the pastry cabinet with no gloves on nor did he wash his hands prior to doing that, then I saw him wipe his nose with his hand, then get a tea bag out of a glass container open it and put it someone’s cup then put his same hand on the lid of the cup. Then hand it to her. Wow, needless to say I left. Then I called the store and told the manager all about what saw. Simply gross even if we weren’t in the corona virus situation.

a-1584208018 Mar 14, 2020 10:46 AM
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Thanks for getting the word out in this nasty business practice. They definitely need to be outed for that. I will not go there!

shopgrrll Mar 14, 2020 08:30 AM
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Nordstrom is scheduling lean for the rest of the month starting Monday. Still open. Minimal staffing. Not expecting many customers.

MyHonorStudentB Mar 13, 2020 10:58 PM
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Homeschooling beats killing grannie with germs ya done got down at the schoolhouse. Seriously I could care less if the cancellation of massive schools goes all the way to June. There are alternatives. Even very young kids could learn some remote and other computer based learning. Yes I know this is sub optimal. But consider the alternative! Would you want to put your kid through a Wuhan scenario?

Vmn0494 Mar 13, 2020 09:59 PM
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I work at 2 hotels in santa barbara, the industry is being crushed and the executive's are giving out little to no news at all. Just waiting to get lay’d off any day now.

Bobbyk Mar 13, 2020 07:57 PM
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With the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, the City of Goleta has made the difficult decision to close all of our libraries (Goleta, Buellton, Solvang, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez) beginning tomorrow, Saturday, March 14. We are monitoring the situation and will re-open the libraries when Santa Barbara County Public Health Department officials indicate it is appropriate to do so.
We encourage you to take advantage of everything that can be accessed remotely with your Goleta Valley Library or Santa Ynez ValleyLibrary card.

tagdes Mar 14, 2020 09:49 AM
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Yes SB City started their closure today also. We got an Email notice, but also asking us the best time to pick up reserved materials from the lobby.

915films Mar 13, 2020 05:54 PM
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Whole Foods, owned by the richest guy in America, Jeff Bezos, won't cover all employees sick leave.
"In a letter sent to employees earlier this week, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey explained that one of the options available to workers was for them to "donate" their "paid time off" days to a pool that other workers could draw from."

EastBeach Mar 13, 2020 10:13 PM
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That was apparently John Mackey's doing as CEO of the subsidiary. He's a libertarian famously stingy about employee health care and wrote the original email containing the *suggestion*. It's unclear how much Bezos knew about Mackey's email ..... https://www.businessinsider.com/whole-foods-ceo-employees-donate-vacation-coronavirus-report-2020-3

a-1584155121 Mar 13, 2020 08:05 PM
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Don't buy things online! It harms local communities. And Congress needs to roll back those tax breaks. We should NOT have billionaires. Period!

Shasta Guy Mar 13, 2020 05:19 PM
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Local businesses that require parts and sub assemblies made in China to make products will have their production lines stop. Very bad. Too much production was outsourced to China.

EastBeach Mar 13, 2020 08:00 PM
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Had India been the primary manufacturing hub instead and they got hit by an epidemic, you'd be saying too much production was outsourced to India. I think the better observation is when production isn't geographically diversified, these "all eggs in one basket" scenarios can arise.

giftedinSB Mar 13, 2020 04:06 PM
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If you are a small or medium sized business (SMB) owner and your business is impacted by COVID-19, then you are eligible to take out a low-interest loan. Trump just made $50 billion available for such loans. Disclaimer: I am NOT a Trump supporter, just wanted to share the resources that are available to SMB owners.

a-1584136143 Mar 13, 2020 02:49 PM
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I work in travel and tourism, mostly supporting corporate groups that come to our area. Most of my programs have canceled; and sadly, this is our busy season. I won’t be going out and spending money on anything not essential. :(

a-1584153828 Mar 13, 2020 07:43 PM
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Hoping school won't be extended into summer. It wasn't during the thomas fire as we were under a state of emergency, as we are now. They did send kids home at our school with 2 weeks worth of homework.

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