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Small business owners prepare for possible new COVID-19 restrictions

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - As COVID-19 cases are on the rise, many small businesses are preparing for possible new restrictions.  

Co-Owner of Junk Ditch Brewing Company Dan Campbell says it’s a constant battle between keeping his business afloat and keeping people safe. 

“We are still doing everything we need to do to stay safe,” Campbell said. "Safety, versus making sure the business survives and our bartenders and servers are making enough money.” 

He says from the beginning of the pandemic, he’s been diligent about following precautions from health experts and the governor. 

"I've been overall pretty happy,” he said. “A good balance between keeping businesses open and keeping people safe.” 

He says even with these precautions they were forced to shut down after a possible exposure, but his employees made it through.  

"It was great to know that masks are serving their purpose in this establishment,” Campbell said. 

However, he says he’s worried another lock-down is approaching and how it will affect his business.  

"We survived the first round, I think we will be O.K. we’re kind of set up to go through it again,” Campbell said. “We kind of know what we are doing at this point.” 

He says something that got them through the first time was a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). 

"The PPP loan was a lifeline to us, we have other resources we can tap, if we have to take out loans,” Campbell said. 

He says his goal is to be able to keep paying his employees and keep serving the community.   

"As long as the community keeps supporting us, we will meet those goals." 

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Karli VanCleave

Karli VanCleave is a multimedia journalist at WPTA for the evening newscast. Karli is a Fort Wayne native and Indiana University Bloomington graduate.
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