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What will the Trumps' COVID-19 mean for local businesses

Portis Kountry Kitchen
Posted at 5:18 PM, Oct 02, 2020

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — So with news of the President and First Lady’s COVID19 diagnosis, what kind of impact will that have nationwide, and specifically, the Coastal Bend?

We spoke with local business owners who hope it doesn’t scare people from going out.

On this Friday, business still looks good at Portis Kountry Kitchen on Upper Broadway.

Dr. Maurice Portis has been at this location for close to 17 years,

You ought to hear him sing to his customers!

But that’s for another story.

Portis said the pandemic forced him to close his business in April, but re-open in May.

He believes that there are always going to be people who choose to wear masks and those who don’t.

But, now that President Donald Trump has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, Portis says people will realize anyone can.

“But now, it’s gonna make people think, the President, since he has it, it’ll make people more aware," Portis said. "If it can happen to the President, it can happen. A lot of people know that. Wise people know that."

Damon and Josette Perez opened their burger business 3 years.

They admit the pandemic has taken its toll on their Redline Burgers on Holly.

They’re doing everything they can to follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines, and hope this news about the President won’t cause people to stop going out.

“Somebody in that position, it sends a shock wave across the nation," Perez said. "It’s getting real. It’s getting real, if it hasn’t already affected you personally,” Damon Perez said.

This latest news about the President’s diagnosis comes at a critical time for all businesses.

How the public responds to it, could be a make or break situation for the nation.