A new survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Businesses reveals nearly 60% of its membership wants the reopening of the economy to occur immediately, while more than 80% would like to see a reopening in the next 30 days.
The advocacy association said 15% of respondents think the reopening should occur whenever health experts believe it is safe.
“The numbers show what small business owners have been saying for weeks: they cannot survive for much longer unless we get Indiana’s economy rolling again. Our small business owners here in Indiana have been devastated by the coronavirus,” said NFIB Indiana State Director Barbara Quandt. “We need to begin to reopen Indiana’s economy – or many small business owners will not survive.”
Even though the small business owners want to open soon, they also want the process to open “responsibly,” according to the NFIB.
Of those surveyed, 58% of Indiana small business owners think the stay-at-home orders should be lifted gradually and 42% think it should happen all at once.