VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) – A Portland couple had no alternative however to maintain their Vancouver enterprise closed for the previous 9 months. They are saying it was because of their work’s high-risk nature coupled with a well being situation, making one in every of them additional suspectable to COVID-19 issues if she had been to contract the virus.
“Once I work, I’ve to be this shut – with a magnifying glass –six inches away in an effort to insert the probe and do it proper,” stated Maya Mersal, Monday evening.
Mersal and her spouse, Darla Mersal, personal Maya’s Mild Contact Electrology, a everlasting hair removing service that requires shut contact with shoppers who cannot put on masks whereas getting hair faraway from their faces.
Maya Mersal stated she could not take the danger.
“I am in my mid-sixties, and I’ve a coronary heart situation,” Mersal defined.
The wives, who additionally help their two youngsters, depend on the Pandemic Unemployment Help Program. The couple brings in roughly $700 per week, nevertheless it’s not sufficient to make ends meet.
“The payments by no means cease coming,” Maya stated. “We lower what we will, like cable and stuff like that.”
Now in survival mode, the Mersal’s stated they’ve borrowed cash from household, maxed-out bank cards, signed up for meals stamps and even sought out free pet meals.
It is a life they by no means imagined.
“Earlier than we began our enterprise, we each had nice jobs and nice incomes,” Maya stated, including that she spent 40 years as a truck driver earlier than her well being pressured her to pursue a brand new profession.
The couple stated they’re sharing their story for a quite simple purpose: they know their wrestle is not distinctive.
“Whereas us and plenty of others with small companies sit there and watch and we wait, and we’re on pins and needles about what laws is coming via,” Darla Mersal stated.
The couple stated the $600 stimulus funds would not put a lot of a dent of their debt, however that and the newly permitted additional $300 weekly federal funds are nonetheless desperately welcomed.
Their message: Congress and the President have to do extra, and the delays are already hurting.
“They’re (Congress) is enjoying a really political recreation and are not paying consideration that that is hurting tens of millions of individuals,” Darla stated.
The Mersal’s stated they will not be getting Gov. Jay Inslee’s Pandemic Aid Cost of $550 as a result of they reside in Oregon.
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