GORHAM (WGME) — At the Gorham House of Pizza, it’s another morning of kneading dough for its longtime owner.
“I’m only 71. I have plenty of time to work, so I don’t have to worry about retirement yet,” Angelo Sotiropoulas said.
But he and other business owners are concerned about another type of dough — the cash they could lose from another pandemic-related shutdown.
Junction Bowl owner Ben Smith is among them.
“I’m hoping not for another lock down this winter. That’s the only concern I have right now,” Smith said.
“That would be difficult for everyone involved, and certainly nobody wants that because that would be a great indication we have a lot more health issues,” he said.
Some residents who live across from the University of Southern Maine in Gorham said they worry students returning could trigger an outbreak.
“Yeah, there is concern about the incoming of the amount of kids, and are they going to be taking the necessary precautions to keep us all safe, too,” said resident Mitzi McIntosh.
USM is allowing students back into dorms, with social distancing guidelines in place. Its Return to Campus plan also includes reducing the number of people allowed back in dorms but an official capacity number hasn’t been determined.