Central Texas businesses struggling to survive amid social distancing

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The Bell County flea market has been selling to its customers on weekends for over 30 years. For the last few weeks, however, the market has been eerily quiet.

“We’re all scared because we don’t wanna lose our business,” said Manager Vickie Roberts.

“Each one of our vendors out here have their own business as well and they’re scared because for some of them, this pays their bills.”

Roberts says business is about one fourth of what it normally is. Vendors have been offering more produce and groceries to customers. Even then, it’s still not enough.

“We’ve just decided as a family and as a business to put it in God’s hands.”

State Representative Brad Buckley says the state’s been given a $237 million federal grant that’ll go toward medical and first responder efforts. He also says the President’s $2 trillion coronavirus bill or CARES act is a strong start in helping local businesses stay afloat.

“With fewer hurdles for them to access the money immediately through their local bankers, that can hopefully provide a life-line to some businesses and keep them open while keeping folks employed until we get to the other end of this,” he said.

Buckley said that while the end may be closer than thought, everyone has a role to play in helping businesses stay open.

Anyone interested in finding out more information about the CARES act can visit the link below:

https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/023595_comm_corona_virus_smallbiz_loan_final_revised.pdf

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