Some businesses seeing business return stronger than last year

ON MANY OCCASIONS, PEOPLE ARE READY TO SPEND. IN THE LAKES REGION, SOME BUSINESS IS COMING BACK. >> THE BUSINESS HAS BEEN STRONG. JESSICA: AT LEAST AS STRONG AS IT CAN BE WHILE ADHERING TO THE STATE COVID-19 GUIDELINES. >> THE VISITORS ARE SPENDING MONEY, SO THAT’S POSITIVE. OBVIOUSLY IT IS STILL DIFFICULT FOR BUSINESSES BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT AT CAPACITY. JESSICA: THE LAKES REGION TOURISM ASSOCIATION SAYS PHONES ARE RINGING OFF THE HOOK AT HOTELS AND THEY’RE SEEING A LOT OF NEW, FIRST TIME RESERVATIONS, WITH PEOPLE LOOKING FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. >> ONCE A VISITOR COMES, SEES HOW WONDERFUL A DESTINATION IT IS, AND HOW WONDERFUL OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS AT OUR BUSINESSES, THEY’RE GONNA CONTINUE COMING BACK.

JESSICA: THE MOUNT WASHINGTON COG RAILWAY IS RUNNING AND SAYS AT 50% CAPACITY, THEY ARE SELLING OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY AND VISITORS ARE READY TO SPEND. >> OUR GIFT STORE IS DOING REALLY WELL. EVEN COMPARED TO 100% LAST YEAR, WE ARE SELLING WELL. I THINK THERE IS A PENT UP DEMAND IN THE PEOPLE THAT DO COME. JESSICA: IN PORTSMOUTH, THE BUSY DOWNTOWN SCENE KNOWN FOR RESTAURANTS AND INDOOR SHOPPING IS SEEING MIXED RESULTS. >> CURBSIDE BUSINESS IS DOING WELL AND SOME SHOPS ARE DOING WELL INSIDE THE SHOPS IF THEY’VE PROVEN TO BE SAFE.

PEOPLE NEED TO FEEL SAFE. THERE’S A LACK OF CONSUMER CONFIDENCE EITHER GOING INTO SHOPS OR INTO RESTAURANTS OR IN HOTELS JESSICA: EVERYONE WE SPOKE WITH SAID THEY’RE CONCERNED ABOUT A SECOND WAVE KNOWING SOME , BUSINESSES WOULD NOT SURVIVE ANOTHER ROUND OF SHUTDOWNS. REPORTING LIVE, JESSICA MO.

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