Coronavirus pandemic deals sudden, crushing blow to R.I. businesses

BOOKS TO GO: Jennifer Kandarian, manager of Books on the Square in Providence, has opened a drive-up book drop at the back door for elderly patrons and others too nervous to walk inside the store during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
BOOKS TO GO: Jennifer Kandarian, manager of Books on the Square in Providence, has opened a drive-up book drop at the back door for elderly patrons and others too nervous to walk inside the store during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Like many small businesses, Books on the Square has a manager who keeps a close eye on numbers and trends. More than three weeks ago, Jennifer Kandarian read reports of the spread of the new coronavirus through Italy and into the rest of Europe, and she had an uneasy feeling. She ordered more cleaning products…

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