WASHINGTON, D.C. - For Marlo Silver of Hudson and her husband, Mark Angelo Peachock, the party was over as soon as the coronavirus pandemic began.

Instead of making balloon animals and painting faces at kids’ birthday parties or performing a comic variety show at corporate banquets and trade shows, the couple has put their group entertainment businesses on hold until the pandemic abates and large gatherings can resume.

Rather than juggling knives and flaming torches as they usually do, they’re juggling bills in an effort to avoid raiding their retirement savings while they collect unemployment benefits. Silver says the extra $600 per week the pair got from the federal government was helping them make ends meet before last week, when that program’s CARES Act funding expired.

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