A local business hopes Lincoln restrictions lift soon as surrounding busnesses prepare to open

As other Nebraskan businesses prepare to welcome back its customers, Lincoln businesses still have to standby.
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As other Nebraskan businesses prepare to welcome back its customers, Lincoln businesses still have to standby. We caught up with a business owner who is affected by the pandemic.

“Another month like this, we would have to, I’d say ray and I would have to just get out there and get jobs and really just find another way to get income,” says Randee Soto, for Ray’s Tattoo.

Governor Ricketts announced May 4, places like restaurants can reopen to in-person dining, salons, and barbershops can resume business. But, the new rules did not include Lincoln and the mayor is discussing with health officials to determine when it’s safe to let businesses reopen.

Randee and her husband Ray own Ray’s Tattoo and had to shut their doors and delay appointments due to the coronavirus.
Soto says the time closed is heavily affecting her workers. She adds overhead costs range around $4,000 and that’s before employees make money for tattoos.

“Even if you get the $1,200 that still is not gonna cover a business overhead,” says Soto. “Our guys are independent contractors so they are completely on their own which is kind of sad and makes you wish they were employees.”

Soto also points out that some may not be able to afford to reopen under the new guidelines because of the need for PPES which are in high demand and can be expensive.

“That’s gonna be a cost right there even to restart up and some places aren’t gonna be able to do that,” adds Soto. “So they’re gonna stay closed longer because you’re gonna have to figure out how to get the equipment to be able to start your place up again.”

When Channel 8 asked Soto what she would say to the mayor if she could have a face to face discussion she said this.

“I would like to get back to work,” adds Soto. “I don’t want to get to the point where the system is paying me. I want to work and so do the guys all the guys want to work.”

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