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Frogtown restaurant owners say omicron variant is taking a toll on their small businesses

FROGTOWN (KABC)-As we approach the third year of the pandemic, Frogtown SMEs have been hit hard. Owners say they were desperate to fill the labor shortage and spent hundreds of dollars on testing.

“If you’re a regular worker and need to go out for two hours to take the test, that could be two hours of your wages,” said Lauren Lemos, co-owner of Wax Paper. increase.

Remos says he’s still struggling to understand the city’s guidance for safe operation, and changes are happening all the time.

“It feels like a little big question mark,” Remos said.

Justine Hernandez is the owner of Just What I Kneaded, a vegan bakery next to Wax Paper.

They opened in 2020, in the midst of the first wave of pandemics, and they weren’t open long enough to qualify for a small business loan.

With the rapid spread of Omicron variants, she says testing is essential to open doors and keep staff safe.

Five of her 18 employees are sick, including an overnight bakery, so they can’t make bread this week.

“It’s a difficult position to fill, and it’s a very reliable position because she’s alone here,” Hernandez said.

Both owners say they want more support from the city. It’s like quitting a free test.

“Take off your mask for us, you know, come and say hello,” Remos said.

And Hernandez asks the general public to continue to support their favorite small businesses.

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