CHATTANOOGA, Tenn – Restaurants are among the small businesses that are struggling. And even though the state hasn’t shut down many sectors this COVID wave, some small businesses are considering whether to close for good.

This hour, we talk with David Lehman, the Commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).

How does the state make decisions around its phased reopening rules like deciding which businesses should stay open?

And with a long winter ahead for the hospitality and retail sector, is the state doing enough to support local businesses?

We hear from local business owners, and we want to hear from you, too.