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Omicron surge presents more issues, uncertainty for local businesses

Customers ordering at Naegi, a pop-up restaurant in Oceanside, California, Aug. 3, 2021.
Alexander Nguyen
Customers ordering at Naegi, a pop-up restaurant in Oceanside, California, Aug. 3, 2021.

Instances of restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses temporarily closing their doors are becoming more and more commonplace as cases surge to historic heights.

The highly infectious omicron variant continues to spread at an unprecedented rate among the nations' population, presenting widespread staffing challenges to employers, all while health officials warn that the nation hasn't yet seen the peak of the current surge.

As businesses continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic, uncertainty remains high over how the latest surge will impact commerce in the long and short term.

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Jason Wells, chief executive of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce, says that businesses in his area were already fighting for their livelihood and now the current surge is giving them even more to worry about.

Wells joined Midday Edition on Thursday with more on the local business impact of the recent surge.