Alexandria is in the slow grind of recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. Cases are still trickling in with the occasional local outbreak, like the one at Kidane Mehret Church last week.

It’s also been a slow recovery for businesses, who face lower levels of consumer spending and have been struggling to adapt. The unemployment rate is gradually improving but is still significantly higher than it was pre-pandemic.

New permitting changes could make it easier for businesses to open or change operations, but many businesses are still barely holding on.

But concerns about catching COVID-19 by going inside a business still rightfully linger. The CDC still recommends limiting shopping to necessities and taking certain precautions, like avoiding peak shopping hours.


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