While polling places were open in Kenosha for Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary and general election, many of city’s businesses and restaurants were closed, or offering only partial service.
Dennis Duchene is president of Visit Kenosha, the local tourism bureau. He says that so far, fallout from the coronavirus pandemic in the city has been “pretty severe.”
“We’ve really shifted our focus to marketing locally, to encourage locals to support small business, especially the restaurants that are open,” he said. “We have summer festivals just about every weekend, so we’re trying to figure out when that might start up again.”
Duchene says his organization’s work going into the busy summer months has been marked by uncertainty about when things will open back up again.
“There’re just a lot of unknowns right now. I don’t think we’re any different than anybody else,” he said.
Covid Across Chicago
How is the novel coronavirus impacting local businesses, residents and social service agencies across the city and region? And how are local leaders handling the crisis? We hit the streets to answer those questions and more in our ongoing reporting series, COVID-19 Across Chicago. See where we’ve been and what we’ve discovered in this overview.