Businesses are reopening. Where are all the customers?

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Whether they appear to be beating COVID-19 or not, states around the U.S. are starting to cautiously reopen. "But analysts say that businesses and their customers, through their actions, will decide when the economy opens up again," not governors, NPR's Jim Zarroli reports, and so far, consumers are mostly staying locked-down. "News reports have shown pictures of crowded bars in Wisconsin and busy beaches in Florida, but businesses that have reopened say customers have been slow to return."

"I think some mall owners and retailers have been taken by surprise as to how slow this build is," GlobalData analyst Neil Saunders tells NPR News. "Consumers are very concerned about coming out. And some are just not confident to go out to locations and shop like they used to." Listen to Zarroli's report below. Peter Weber

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