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Some Joplin business owners resist drive for lockdown

A petition drive is underway by one group of citizens asking Mayor Gary Shaw to push for a lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

But not all Joplin business owners agree.

Duane Hukill of Joplin Floor Design says once a business closes, anything can happen.

“Once a business shuts down, there are a lot of businesses out there that are month-to-month and, if they lose a month of income, they won’t be open for their employees to come back to,” Hukill says.

Hukill says he feels social distancing to avoid the virus is a matter of”personal responsibility.”

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