ALTAVISTA, Va. (WDBJ) – Buyers made their approach to Altavista Wednesday, solely days earlier than Small Enterprise Saturday.
It’s a day many people historically see as busy.
“It’s normally a really busy day and plenty of customers and plenty of individuals from out of city come to buy native,” stated Sommer Speck, Fundamental Avenue Shoppes supervisor.
Though Speck normally seems to be ahead to this Saturday, she says there are lotd of unknowns this 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I do suppose it will likely be a little bit of an impression for positive, however I do suppose it’s an unknown. These types of issues are simply – we wish for individuals to come back out and store and we wish them to really feel protected,” stated Speck.
Feeling protected is a part of the explanation the city’s Small Business Saturday event has been adjusted.
Avenue closures to permit for extra crowds have been deliberate, however needed to be canceled resulting from Governor Ralph Northam’s updated orders.
“Nonetheless, sadly, primarily based on the governor’s order having to restrict the scale of the gang, we opted not to try this,” stated Amie Owens, assistant city supervisor.
Owens says they nonetheless need individuals to buy, but additionally really feel protected doing so.
“We would like individuals to come back out. We would like them to really feel protected. All the shops have hand sanitizer and masks and we may have masks accessible if individuals want them,” stated Owens.
Again at Fundamental Avenue Shoppes, Speck preps for a weekend that’s to be decided.
She says it may very well be slower because of the scenario.
“I do anticipate it being a little bit bit smaller than it has previously due to COVID and the governor’s mandate and all of these types of issues,” stated Speck.
Regardless of the restrictions, Speck and others nonetheless hope to see a great turnout.
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