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The Long, Slow Recovery

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The Long, Slow Recovery

The Long, Slow Recovery

The Long, Slow Recovery

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Early in the pandemic, economists and policy makers were hopeful that the economy would have a V-shaped recovery — that economic activity would come to a halt as lockdown orders took effect, but would spike back up as the virus came under control.

That hasn't happened — not even close.

As cases continue to spread and gathering restrictions get extended, it's looking like the road to recovery will take longer than anybody initially hoped.

We check back in with Molly Moon, owner of Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream, about how her business has fared during the pandemic and explain how the next few years might look for business owners.

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