Rising COVID-19 cases are causing concern of a second wave for local businesses

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BROWNSVILLE – The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases in Texas are continuing to climb.

Some local businesses in the Rio Grande Valley are fearful a second wave could close their business for good.

“The past three months have been horrific,” said Marisela Gomez.

She owns 4Ever Fit and trains her clients in Brownsville. Earlier this year COVID-19 shut down her doors, now she’s open for business.

“Fitness has always been my life. It’s a life style of mine. But as you mature and have other economic obligations. Sometimes, holding onto your business is very hard,” she said.

Over the weekend more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, leading to concern.

“Right now, I’m really scared all of a sudden everything is impacted again. We’re overwhelmed with this pandemic that’s occurring here in Brownsville. It’s real hard to try and stay safe and keep those clients safe,” she said “My husband is about to have back surgery. I really have to protect myself. So, what do I do?”

Other businesses are trying to adapt to changing times. Alexandra Anzaldua owns JuiceUs and today was supposed to mark the reopening of her dining lobby. Now, she’s put those plans on hold.

“From the very beginning we made it clear to our staff their safety and the safety of their families was a priority. We care about our staff and treat them like family,” said Anzaldua.

Business owners are left with the question,” What is my plan B, if I have to close up shop?”

“The first shutdown was very unpresented event for us and we adjusted the best way we knew,” said Anzaldua.

“I have savings for the next wave, but more than two months, I won’t be able to handle it,” said Gomez.

Health officials are still urging people to avoid large gatherings. Stay home if you are sick and limit close contact.

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