Closed for now and unemployed: Fresno businesses, workers feel pain of new COVID lockdown

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On the final day that salons and barbershops in Fresno County were allowed to remain open before the latest coronavirus stay-at-home orders went into effect, a local business owner reminded his employees to file for unemployment as soon as they could.

“Hopefully, they’ll get their funds by Christmas,” said Matt Kneeland, a franchisee of six Sports Clips Haircuts in the central San Joaquin Valley.

“But I don’t know,” added Kneeland, who has 41 employees. “Unemployment takes about three weeks before the funds come in.

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