In a matter of two weeks time, many freelancers, gig workers, and those that own their own businesses, watched all their customers disappear like the wind along with the money in their pockets. Many had businesses shut down by government order, others have businesses like hair dressing, which saw customers too afraid to come in because of close contact, and others due to the trickle down effect of major events, travel, and entertainment businesses having to close, losing contracts and money left and right.
I have two such businesses where two weeks ago it was non-stop busy and I went from calls, appointments, clients, and sales, to now, dead silence. How does one shoot a wedding for example, if no one can gather in groups over ten and the wedding venues have had to shut down and cancel weddings to begin with? How does one sell clothing to people who won't be traveling, vacationing, clubbing, or going to any weddings for the next couple of months. The answer is you don't.
I am in disbelief as are so many others out there who are going through serious crisis because not only do they have to worry about themselves and their families, but employees if they have them. I'm used to lean months due to the nature of both businesses and off seasons, but those are ones you prep and plan for. You're not ready for the entire world to shut down on a Tuesday with no end date in site.
I'm lucky in that I headed a friends warning years ago after he lost his job suddenly, to have back up jobs/income. I do have a third job which will have to tide me over and an extremely supportive family who has never let a family member in need, go without help, but I know so many do not have that and they are worried about eviction, car payments, insurance, upcoming taxes, putting food on the table and when they will next be able to see any money coming in let alone if they will still have jobs at the end of this while hoping there will be an end to this soon.
Please pay attention to all these warnings to stay home, or wash hands, or not gather in large groups to help stop the spread the virus because for many, the virus may not kill them, but they will be hurting for longer extended periods of time the longer people keep getting sick and prolonging the need to have these protective measures in place.