Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, vacant buildings with FOR LEASE signs taped to the front windows are all too commonplace now. In January of 2020, the first COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States and in March of the same year the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In the middle of March, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a stay-at-home order until the end of April. During that time, many businesses were deemed “non-essential” and were ordered to close until the stay-at-home order expired. In the middle of May, Governor Ducey ended the stay-at-home order, other states followed suit and loosened restrictions. Many businesses still were not able to operate at full capacity due to a multitude of reasons.

A year later and essentially everyone has been affected by the pandemic one way or another. Workers that were most affected were those in the hospitality, food service, construction, and retail industry. Workers in these fields experienced a reduction in hours, a workplace closure, or a layoff. Some privately owned businesses had to close permanently. Some of these industries are still experiencing struggles due to the shutdown.

With a new vaccine making its way around the world, hopefully even the hard-hit industries will be able to resume normal business. For now, simply doing the best we can to get through this catastrophe may be our only option.