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Businesses facing another hurdle while dealing with COVID-19: Snow

Posted at 10:42 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 23:43:34-04

OMAHA, Neb. — Small businesses have had to make a lot of changes recently, many moving operations outside. Restaurants are offering curbside pickup, urgent care clinics are seeing patients from their vehicles. Then the snow on Thursday made things that much tougher.

"The good news is we're already in fighting shape for adaptability," Hardy Coffee Co. owner Autumn Pruitt said.

The snow created less than ideal conditions for businesses already doing what they can. Hardy Coffee Co. on 30th and Lake St. still offered their signature baked goods and coffee. They've moved operations to curbside pickup and takeout since the Coronavirus outbreak began.

"Just give us a call and we can make their drink to order and run it out to the car," Pruitt said.

They, like a lot of businesses, found a system to stay afloat as their inside seating remains closed. The snow coming down in the middle of April was just one more hurdle they had to get over.

"The pathway to the vehicles for curbside is just one more obstacle in an already crazy time," Pruitt added.

Crossroads Urgent Care recently moved their operations outside as well, to better protect patients and staff. The snow isn't stopping them either.

"We're fully open, ready to go. It's just a little colder than we expected," Crossroads Urgent Care nurse practitioner Jesse Gabriel said.

Because in times like these, it's nice to remember that we're all in this together and we'll get through it. One baked good or coffee at a time.

"If the coffee that we make and the baked goods that we make provide even just a little but of that rhythm in somebody's stay-at-home day, then we love to bring that sense of normalcy to a really chaotic time," Pruitt said.

Here is a list of businesses that remain open amid COVID-19.