The Oberlin Review

Kim’s Grocery & Carry-out has stayed open during the COVID pandemic.

Struggling Downtown Businesses Receive Financial Assistance, Support

May 9, 2020

Since Ohio announced its stay-at-home order on March 22, most of Oberlin’s small businesses have lost their steady sources of revenue. Many are currently unable to pay rent or compensate their employees. In an effort to temporarily cover expenses, some businesses have taken advantage of a new loan program instituted by the City of Oberlin, while others are looking to the federal Paycheck Protection Program. “Our business dropped almost 90 percent. We used to get a hundred tables, almost 120...

Ben Franklin & Mindfair Books’ window displays a banner to inform customers of their reduced hours and new delivery options in response to COVID-19. “My message is, ‘Let's stick together while we stay apart,’” said Ben Franklin’s owner Krista Long. “I think everyone, all the business owners in Oberlin, … have that also at their heart.”

DeWine Issues Stay-at-Home Order; Oberlin Businesses Struggle with Consequences of Coronavirus

March 23, 2020

Oberlin business owners are worried that they will need to lay off workers after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s Sunday announcement that the Ohio Department of Health is issuing a “stay-at-home” order for all of Ohio. The order is meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which — as of Monday afternoon — had hospitalized 104 people in Ohio, with 442 confirmed cases in the state overall. Even before the formal order, local businesses in Oberlin were battling the financial impact of the pandem...

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