Pennsylvania business owner: ‘I can’t afford another shutdown’
Marie’s Cafe owner Maria Foutres in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania discuss how the 2020 presidential election and the coronavirus pandemic will impact business owners.
With just days to go before the 2020 presidential election, the coronavirus pandemic will be top of mind for one small business owner in battleground Pennsylvania as she heads to the voting booth on Election Day.
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“I cannot afford to be shut down for the second time because that would probably result in me shutting down permanently which I do not want to do,” Marie’s Café owner Marie Foutres told FOX Business’ Grady Trimble on Friday.
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Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have had different visions for combatting the novel coronavirus.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Thursday that President Trump has no plans to lockdown the economy for the pandemic, while Biden indicated during the final presidential debate he was open to implementing more economic shutdowns.
The pandemic has already taken a sizeable chunk of Foutres’ Camp Hill-based business. Since the virus hit, business has been down about 50%.
Another concern, Foutres said, is the safety and well-being of her staff and clientele.
“I want people to observe all of the safety measures that are in place, so, the virus does not spread any longer,” she said.
With 20 electoral votes in play, Pennsylvania has been widely considered a key swing state in presidential races.
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President Trump has three separate rallies slated for Saturday in Pennsylvania.
The president won Pennsylvania by less than 1 point in 2016, turning the state red for the first time since George H.W. Bush in 1988.
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FOX Business' Caleb Parke and Fox News' Brittany De Lea contributed to this report.
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