Restaurant, Fitness center House owners Fear Looming Shutdown Might Devastate Companies In New York Metropolis – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was almost inevitable that New York City will be designated as an Orange Zone
They said small businesses will face restrictions again, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported Thursday.
Fernando Salomone, owner of the BeFitNYC fitness center on the Upper West Side, invested everything he has in air filtration systems, air quality monitors and building safe zones in his gym.
The membership still fell by 80%. He said another shutdown would be devastating.
“If we have to close, it will be unfair to me. If I have an inspection, they’ll see, maybe they won’t close my gym, ”said Salomone.
Cuomo and de Blasio made it clear that the city is going into an orange zone, closing gyms and closing indoor dining.
“New York City will be in the Orange Zone shortly,” said the mayor. “It’s just a matter of time. It’s very likely that it will be in the next week or two.”
“Shutting down indoor restaurants is almost the same as completely shutting down restaurants,” said Michael Fuquay, co-owner of The Queensboro restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens.
Fuquay’s restaurant has only been open for two years. Eating outside in the summer allowed him to pay bills and bring some employees back.
He’s frustrated that the city and state may not have their backs as fewer customers eat outside and indoor dining may be closed.
“They all wash their hands. “Oh, we feel bad for you. Most of you are going to lose your business, but you have to take one on for the team, ”said Fuquay.
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“Any further restrictions or downtime must come with financial support for restaurant owners and workers,” said Andrew Rigie of the New York City Hospitality Alliance.
The New York City Hospitality Alliance said 140,000 restaurant workers are currently unemployed. A shutdown would leave 90,000 more without jobs.
Melba Wilson, owner of Melba’s Harlem restaurant, said she has already laid off more than half of her employees. Wilson said if the federal and state governments don’t step in to help, the future is bleak for them and all of the small business owners in the city.
“To have to do that again … it’s a slow death for our industry and for this great city,” said Wilson.
With the city designated as an orange zone, it’s unclear whether it will force blanket closures of businesses or whether there will be a more local approach.