Virginia business owners on edge amid uptick in COVID cases, delta variant threat

RICHMOND, Va. — As COVID-19 cases tick up across Virginia, area business owners are voicing their concerns and considering reimplementing stricter safety measures.

It was all hands on deck Sunday for the kitchen staff at Maple Bourbon in Downtown Richmond. Cooks were hard at work serving southern dishes like chicken and waffles to a busy brunch crowd.

“Things have been going really, really well,” owner Jaynell Pittman-Shaw said. “Starting in March, you could start to feel the uptick. People were starting to want to get out of the house more, so we started to see a volume increase.”


Jaynell Pittman-Shaw

Currently, business is booming at Maple Bourbon — a much needed trend after more than a year of a coronavirus-induced economic downturn. When Virginia lifted COVID-19 restrictions in May, the restaurant returned to full capacity.

However, Pittman-Shaw said the delta variant and increasing COVID cases could force her to…

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