But because of the many impacts of the virus, small business owners are struggling, too.
The situation for business owners is Chinatown is so dire that some are unable to pay rent this month, according to a property manager that spoke with Chen.
In response to the desperate situation, New York Congresswomen Grace Meng and Nydia Velázquez, and Rep. Judy Chu from California introduced a bill this week to help small business owners across the country suffering economic damage due to the coronavirus.
The bill, called “Small Business Relief from Communicable Disease Induced Economic Hardship Act,” would allow owners to access Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to cover business expenses.
But for Chen, the real cure for business owners relies on the public.