It would be the end for my businesses as the town is already trapped between the coronavirus pandemic and a throbbing state of failure. The town has come to its knees amidst the ongoing crisis.
The neighbors of the town have improved themselves, but Blackburn is still besieged to find its persistence with the decades of non-development and growing economic deprivation.
This struggling could end now and prove to be the final straw and result in massive economic damage wrought by Covid-19.
The Second Lock Down?
The owner of Sudell Sandwiches, a small cafe in the town center, Maria Elder said, ‘We’ve been here for 32 long years’. She also said, ‘Heaps of faithful consumers over the years. We would assist students from college too. We even had a bond with the cops to supply the officers when the football was on. That is all gone, for now at least. We are hardly managing.’
The concern for Maria Elder and other self-determining organizations is what a second lockdown would mean for the town. Blackburn finds itself striding a risky line after a recent rush in cases.
The region’s seven-day rate is anticipated to climb in the approaching days. The recent numbers are 47 infections per 100,000 people.
In recent weeks, the government and other managing authorities have announced that people should limit their movement and restrict visiting their relatives. In case of emergency, one should wear a face mask all the time in enclosed public settings.
If the town down into complete lockdown than it would drive many companies to the point of no return.
Maria Elder said, ‘We’ve been here a long time, we’re an established business, but it has seriously impacted us, it really has. I have had to lay off one girl as a result. People are extremely scared and worried.’
She added, ‘I think it’d shut us down. Everything is shut down. It is really quiet around here.’
The Consequences of the Second Lock-down
Another Blackburn resident, Asad Jalil, who owns a dry-cleaning shop since 1989, said if the second lockdown takes place his business is likely to go over the control.
He continued saying, ‘It would be the end for many people, I think it is too late for many of us. It has been undeniably devastating.’
‘If there is a second lockdown, it is guaranteed that it is going to make it worse. People are making do with what they have got.’
After the first lockdown, many businesses never resumed their trading and laid low for everything to get back to normal.
Even though trade has been good for Anna Green and Emily Yates since they revived their salon earlier this month, they are one of the few to have come through this era of chaos.
Since 2010, one-third of power decline has been seen by the local council. The pandemic has only added to Blackburn’s problems, tens of millions of pounds have been lost during this phase.
Also, the town has one of the lowest life-expectancy rates in England. For more than 10 years many buildings are left empty. Mr. Jalil says, ‘There is no football in Blackburn anymore. People used to gather here and now they do not care.’