The rise of the Delta Variant could potentially halt the reopening of many businesses in the U.S. Here’s what you need to know. The Delta Variant, known as the Indian Variant, is an infectious strain of COVID-19. Its rampant spread in the U.K. has sparked nationwide concern. More than 41,000 infections were reported in England since June 9. Nearly 91% of the U.K.’s cases are from the delta variant. The World Health Organization warned that the variant has the potential to spread across England quickly. 

 With this new threat, many families and businesses are worried about what this could mean for reopening in the U.S. 

In response to the variant uprise, President Joe Biden urged U.S. citizens to get vaccinated:

Although some research shows that the current vaccine for COVID-19 is effective against the variant, little can be done about the fear of another pandemic occurring.

What This Could Mean For Businesses Reopening

With the spread of the Delta variant, it is uncertain what this could mean for the future of businesses. The global pandemic caused nearly 200,000 businesses to close their doors. With this new threat, it could mean a permanent closure for establishments trying to bounce back. 

For those worried about the threat of the variant on their business, it may be time to utilize social media resources. Businesses bolstering their online presence may have an easier time engaging with clients and future customers. In the meantime, continuing to provide sanitization and mask guidelines for businesses may be necessary with the spread of the delta variant. What is the future of local mom-and-pop businesses? Only time will tell. 

For more information about vaccinations, visit https://www.vaccines.gov/. 

This article was originally published on GREY Journal