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May 7, 2020

SC Businesses at ‘End of the Rope’ From COVID-19, New South Carolina Chamber Survey Shows

South Carolina businesses are facing challenges as they decide how or whether to reopen amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, according to a report in the State. As businesses in South Carolina open, many owners are reporting that low demand and an inability to cover employees’ pay are among their greatest threats.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce found this week in a new, preliminary survey of more than 3,000 businesses — most of them small — that business owners shared concerns about employees being afraid to come to work, a lack of coronavirus testing, a lack of access to childcare and restrictions placed on their businesses by local governments.

“The survey is an indication that small business is hurting and needs for us to find a way to get back to some sense of normalcy,” Ted Pitts, head of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce said.

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