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Syracuse businesses struggle under social distancing measures

Danielle Mercuri’s restaurant, Rise N Shine, had two open locations earlier this month. Now, she’s down to one.

Mercuri temporarily closed one of the locations, on Thompson Road, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. In compliance with state-wide restrictions, she’s limited her other location on Westcott Street to takeout, curbside pickup and delivery, with no in-house dining.

“Every day, something changes,” Mercuri said. “The rest of the restaurants around here — we’re not sure sure where we’re getting any kind of help.”

Mercuri’s business, like many others in Syracuse, is feeling the financial strain of the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing measures instituted to curb it. And as local business owners work to keep their operations afloat, local, state and federal officials are scrambling to mitigate the virus’ economic fallout.

The novel coronavirus causes COVID-19, a respiratory disease that has infected more than 470,900 people and killed over 21,200 globally. New York state has confirmed more than 33,000 cases of the virus, with 81 confirmed cases and one death in Onondaga County.

As the virus continues to spread and put pressure on local businesses, some owners, like Steve Morris, co-founder of Mello Velo Bicycle Shop & Cafe, have to confront the possibility …read more

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