By Pauline Bartolone


Shane Twilla says the past two years of COVID-19 was already weighing heavily on him. So the news of another surge, this time fueled by the omicron variant, just feels like another blow on the Sacramento small business owner.

“It was like a gut punch,” said Twilla, who co-owns a clothing and gift shop at DOCO called Identity Boutique, which lately, has only seen a trickle of in-person customers every day.

The pandemic has left Twilla and his business partner and fiance scrambling to stay financially viable while following changing public safety guidelines and dealing with COVID-19 scares at the same time.

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