Houston companies fear another COVID-19 shutdown

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner are expected to hold a joint news conference Wednesday after seeing an increase in COVID-19 numbers. It is not known what they will say, but it makes Houstonians wonder about the impact of any new restrictions in the area.

Hidalgo and Turner are joined by Harris County Public Health’s Director of Nutrition & Chronic Disease Prevention, Dr. Sherri Onyiego, and City of Houston Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Persse.

“People are barely hanging out right now,” Houstonian Jason Millis said.

While new COVID-19 restrictions have just been announced that will affect Galveston and other counties in southeast Texas, many hope that will not be the case in Houston.

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“Everyone is just trying to survive, and it’s hard,” Sammie Tran told Vietopia in southwest Houston.

Tran has seen many friends close to the store and says it has been heartbreaking. Another shutdown or downscaling could force more people to close their doors for good.

“When we were left with takeout, it was not enough. We need people sitting and drinking,” Tran said.

Cuchara in Montrose has also hung on. They expanded outside to give its customers peace of mind when eating.

“It has been really hard from the beginning. We have cut many people’s hours,” said Cuchara’s CEO Lorena Tejeda.

Fortunately, no one has been released, but it’s always a scary thought. Cuchara has lost about 40% of its business since the pandemic.

“Hopefully, [our local leaders] did not cut it too badly, ”said Millis

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