PITTSBURG, Ks. – One of Pittsburg’s newer restaurants, Toast, has been able to succeed during the pandemic but there are times when things are tough.
“We still have days where we’re slow, and we don’t know if that’s because (COVID) numbers have gone up, or it’s just that time of year, or what,” said Toast owner Heather Horton.
Horton was one of many Pittsburg business owners who tuned in to Thursday’s Facebook Live hosted by the Crawford County Health Department and the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce. The broadcast’s purpose was to answer Coronavirus questions and concerns from the business community as the holiday shopping season approaches.
“We’ve seen businesses, several in the community, that have had to shut down not because we shut them down but because they didn’t have the employees to run their store. And that’s two weeks out, with isolation and quarantine, that’s two weeks of closure in the Christmas Season,” said Crawford County Health Officer Dr. Timothy Stebbins.
Crawford County’s health officers made it clear that shutting down a local business was the last thing they wanted to do. But they also made it clear that they needed all local businesses to play by the pandemic rules for their safety and the community’s safety.
The health department and the chamber said they’ve received multiple complaints from businesses who are losing customers to competitors who aren’t taking COVID-19 regulations seriously. That’s something Heather Horton can relate with.
“It is harder when you see them doing things where the state has told us what we should be doing, and I feel like if you’re going to follow KDA rules, why wouldn’t you follow other mandates that have come across through the state,” said Horton.
Although many topics were addressed, the biggest takeaways from the Facebook Live were the importance of mask wearing in local businesses and their following other safety guidelines, especially during the holiday season.