INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Indiana unemployment rate could spike yet again.
"Non-essential" businesses will be closing in the coming days.
On Monday, the state received 38,000 calls about unemployment.
"Bills are continuing, they don't stop just because you close down," said Connie Oats, co-owner of Michael's Soul Kitchen.
Oats and co-owner Romeo Gerson opened the soul food restaurant and jazz lounge in downtown Indy about a year ago.
Last week, owners were forced to close, leaving about 20 workers unemployed. Many of those workers were also laid off from their other jobs.
"We wanted everybody to be safe and we wanted to be safe ourselves," Oats said.
Oats said she'll apply for loans or grants but said the need is immediate. Until then, she's coming up with new ways to make ends meet.
The restaurant will begin offering carry-out and partnering with delivery services like GrubHub, DoorDash and Uber Eats.
Oats is also trying to offer low-cost meals to seniors.
"I don't really think you understand how blessed you are until something is gone and especially if it's gone overnight," Oats said.