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Sioux City Barber Shop Owner Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Clyde Shinall

Update on Clyde Shinall who talked to Siouxland Public Media this week about his barber shop.  The COVID-19 Pandemic greatly impacted Shinall’s business..

Almost 28,000 more Iowans filed initial unemployment claims last week.  A total of more than 151,000 Iowans lost their jobs as the state’s economy took a hit from efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Sioux City Barber Clyde Shinall says he is still waiting to receive his benefits. 


“I’m just stuck in my house waiting to go back in work.  Just hope they let us go back on the first so I can have some relief.”

Shinall has owned his barber shop for 11 years.  He does cuts, shampoos and sells professional hair care products out of his business located in the Frances Building.

“Everyone is going through this so I can’t really complain. I guess I have it better than some, but worse than others.”

Shinall says he did get a break on his truck payment and assistance from a local charity for his rent.  He didn’t get a loan from the Small Business Association or grant from the State of Iowa, however, he planned to keep trying.

“Everything is just up in the air.  I’m waiting for everything to go back to normal.”

Before life returns to normal for Shinall, he’s spending more time with family and hoping his business can reopen on the first of May.