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Otis Gillespie, a salsa dance instructor for the MacKinnon Dance Academy in Oxnard, uses a scissor lift to remove the studio’s sign on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, as it prepare to close after more than four decades due to loss of revenue from COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo: ANTHONY PLASCENCIA/THE STAR)

Joy MacKinnon opened up a post on her Facebook page and started to type.

But the words didn’t come easily. She didn’t want the message to be too wordy or a sob story or “woe is me” at all.

Mostly, she just kept thinking: “Oh my gosh, I really have to say this now.”

In March, the coronavirus pandemic hit California and soon public health officials ordered closures and people to stay safe at home. The 45-year-old MacKinnon Dance Academy canceled its classes and had to close its doors, like thousands of other local businesses.

MacKinnon expected to