Business was good for Claudia Gallego — good until the state of emergency was declared.


She owns three businesses in East Boston. Her bar has been closed since mid-March, but her bodega and butcher shop have stayed open until now.

They’re essential services — though business over the last two months is down 80%, and she’s losing money. Some customers are afraid to leave the house. Others just can’t afford to buy food.

“We have applied to all the aid and loan programs we have been told about,” said Gallego. “But so far we have not received any help.”


Source: WBUR