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LEFT BEHIND: Struggles and Survival in the post-pandemic world

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted so many aspects of our lives, including our jobs and bank accounts. Now, there’s hope as Hampton Roads slowly returns to normal.

Dan Kennedy

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The countdown is on to the end of COVID-19 restrictions in the Commonwealth.

Governor Ralph Northam lifted the mask mandate on May 15 and on May 28, social distancing and capacity limits end in Virginia.

It sets the stage for a long-awaited return to normalcy this Memorial Day weekend and a potential economic boom for the Hampton Roads region.

To be exact, it’s been 442 days since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

It was enough time to wreak havoc on cities, businesses, and households everywhere. The result was the tale of two economies: the fortunate ones kept their jobs and saved money, while others faced unemployment and hunger.

It’s clear that not everyone is primed to take full advantage of the recovery. Instead, they’re left wondering if this is just another year they’ll be left behind.