Government mandates and authoritarian COVID rules are crushing small businesses in America. In the nation’s capital alone, hundreds of restaurants have closed. Others are struggling to make ends meet.

For nearly two years, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council have invoked emergency powers—imposing mask mandates for schools and businesses and requiring restaurants to check customers’ vaccine status.

We will hear from some of the courageous Washington, D.C. business owners on the frontlines who are directly affected by COVID regulations and have spoken out. They are fighting for their survival in a city where political leaders have amassed unprecedented power.


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