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Rep. Michael Echols discusses potential plans to help businesses impacted by COVID-19

Published: Sep. 8, 2020 at 11:01 PM CDT
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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Many businesses, both local and corporate chains, were forced to close their doors due to financial losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.

District 14 State Representative Michael Echols did a Facebook Q&A with some of his constituents to see which businesses closed permanently as a result of the stay-at-home order, COVID-19 precautions, or Phase I and Phase II limitations.

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“Many of these businesses, bars, certain restaurants, capacity issues even retail stores are having trouble many of them even failing completely," he said.

Some of those businesses included Granny’s Buffet in Monroe and The Mother Hen, Cheddars, and Burrito Loko in West Monroe.

Echols and other members of the Republican delegation met Tuesday to discuss strategies and ideas to help get the economy back on track and how they could provide help to other businesses.

“I think there’s a lot of ideas that are on the table and I believe the delegation, the speaker of the house, as well as the Senate are gonna work on some strategies that we can implement very soon," he said.

Echols said it is his hope that they will have some next steps implemented in the following weeks.

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