The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt many aspects of our life in the Hudson Valley. Schools, businesses and public spaces have all needed to adjust the way they operate the account for the health of the people they employ or serve.
Though the effects are widespread, the fallout from the pandemic has been particularly challenging for main streets. Many of the things main streets traditionally rely on – foot traffic, disposable income, tourism – have been diminished by the pandemic.
These effects are not just anecdotal. Data illustrates them with great clarity.
Main street and small businesses experienced higher employment loss compared to other types of businesses, the restaurant and retail sectors are still struggling, and about 40 percent of surveyed small businesses in New York believe they are more than 6 months away from returning to a normal level of operation. These metrics reinforce the stories we see on the news and hear in our Hudson Valley communities.