Enterprise House owners On Edge With One other Potential Shutdown Looming, Say They Want Compensation To Keep Afloat – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Many New York City business owners are nervous about the possibility of another shutdown.
The city reported 118 new COVID-19 hospitalizations and more than 1,300 new cases on Saturday. The infection rate for the 7-day average is 3.11%.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says this weekend is crucial to avoid another round of restrictions.
Salon owners are concerned about the surge in coronavirus cases in the city.
“We are concerned. The whole business community is concerned,” said Frank Arcabascio, owner of Redken Saloon Salon in Astoria.
A positivity rate of more than 3% across the city brings with it a big Orange Zone designation closing personal care companies.
“Phone calls came in. ‘Frank, do you think we’re going to shut down?’ And my first answer is, “I don’t know.” So you’re saying, “Can you fit me in because I’m afraid I won’t see you for a long time?” Arcabascio said to CBS2’s Dave Carlin.
Dia Firdaus, who lives in Hell’s Kitchen, says doing her nails makes her feel better during these troubled times. That’s why she doesn’t like the thought that her favorite salon is closing.
“That makes me sad because then I have to do it myself,” she said.
Gyms would also have to be temporarily closed. Antony Ware from Hell’s Kitchen was inside on a Saturday and ready to work out at home when the time comes.
“I think this is the next one, but during the last shutdown I bought a whole bunch of fitness equipment so my living room is now full of dumbbells and weights and everything, so I’ll come back to that,” he said.
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For restaurant owners, the customers they were allowed to bring back inside with a capacity of 25% would be outside again or order for pickup or delivery.
“It looks like it’s inevitable that it will come,” said Sean Hayden, owner of Alfies NYC.
Some restaurant owners say shutting down the inside just doesn’t hurt in colder temperatures.
“It’s too cold. You can build whatever you want outside and have heaters, it won’t make a difference,” Hayden said. “No, that’s not feasible. If they close us again I’ll leave it until March or April next year or until the vaccine comes closed. “
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Owners are frustrated with the lack of government funding and want more heads up.
“We have a mayor and a governor who … The mayor makes an announcement at 10 am, and then the governor makes another announcement at 11 am, so there is no guidance,” Hayden said.
“If you want to shut us down, give us some compensation,” said Arcabascio.
They say they need money from Washington, Albany, and the city to stay afloat until a vaccine gets here.
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