LISBON — With native ballfields utterly abandoned as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, motion has additionally floor to a halt at companies that rely on athletic occasions being performed.
Corridor’s of Fame Trophies and Attire in Lisbon would usually be in certainly one of its busier occasions of the yr with highschool spring sports activities and youth sports activities each ongoing.
“I’m staying alive for now,” proprietor Mike Smith mentioned. “Sadly, I’ve a enterprise that relies on plenty of native sports activities happening and there’s nothing occurring proper now. I simply have to attend and see how this all seems.”
Smith’s retailer makes a speciality of awards and T-shirts for highschool and youth sports activities. He additionally makes indicators and banners.
“Usually I’d have about three or 4 excessive faculties that I’d be doing spring sports activities awards for along with youth baseball and softball,” Smith mentioned. “I additionally deal with Beaver Native youth soccer within the spring, however that’s been moved to the autumn.”
Smith mentioned he additionally isn’t assured proper now about youth sports activities coming again this summer time.
“It’s simply rumour, I don’t know something definitive,” Smith mentioned. “However I don’t see it occurring.”
Smith has seen his enterprise dry up virtually utterly previously month.
“That is simply an estimate, however I’d say my numbers for April are down about 95 p.c in comparison with final yr,” Smith mentioned.
Smith mentioned he has tried to use for help below the Financial Damage Catastrophe Mortgage (EIDL) program.
“I wasn’t eligible for the Paycheck Safety Program as a result of I don’t have anybody on payroll,” Smith mentioned. “I utilized for the EIDL mortgage, however I haven’t heard something again but.”
Throughout the previous month-and-a-half, Smith has used the downtime to plan for the long run.
“I’ve been doing a little analysis into different issues I would wish to get into and tried to provide you with some new concepts,” Smith mentioned. “I’ve additionally finished a bunch of decluttering.”
Smith he has tried to not dwell an excessive amount of on any worst-case situations but.
“I haven’t actually thought too far forward, but when this goes on three or 4 extra months with out sports activities, I may see having to return to doing this part-time,” Smith mentioned. “I labored actually onerous to get to the place I’m at, it will be a disgrace to throw all of it away.”
Whereas issues could look bleak proper now, Smith mentioned he stays assured in the neighborhood’s skill to rally collectively.
“That’s one factor I’m optimistic about,” Smith mentioned. “We’re a small group that’s fairly tight-knit. I’m assured that we’ll be there to deal with one another as soon as all this passes.”