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Coronavirus shuts down SH businesses


March 25, 2020

OWNER THOMAS BAHAM posts a "Closed" sign on the marquee at the Rio Theatre Wednesday afternoon, March 18, in response to executive orders banning gatherings of more than 25 people.

Business is good for some and really bad for others in Sweet Home as local merchants and service providers deal with social distancing guidelines and requirements handed down by state officials in an attempt to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Some businesses, such as Amazon and Wal-Mart, which provide online sales are ramping up and hiring. So is Safeway, which had a sign out front last weekend announcing that it was hiring. Others are cutting hours, laying off employees or closing down, including White's Electronics.

Hard-hit are local establishments like the Rio Theatr...

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