Local businesses forced to shut their doors amid COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 5:52 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 23:34:11-04

NEW YORK — Small businesses braced for a new round of shutdowns and restrictions across New York City Monday.

Tuesday morning, all nightclubs, bars and movie theaters must close to the public.

“I am in the process of trying to figure out if I can save my business,” Don Borelli told PIX11 News.

Borelli owns Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor locations in Greenwich Village and Morningside Heights.

When PIX11 stopped by his Greenwich Village location, Borelli was finishing up the final cleaning before they close.

“We're in shutdown mode," he said. "We knew this was coming.”

Borelli hopes the shutdown doesn’t become permanent, who's concerned about his staff.

“This is their source of livelihood. It's not like they have other jobs and they do this for fun,” he said.

“People are almost in a state of panic — they are cash businesses, they operate week to week, month to month. We are going to need a massive economic recovery package for small businesses,” explained Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance.

Randy Peers of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce told PIX11, “last week, beginning of the week, we saw a lot of our large restaurants, particularly our restaurants in the Chinese community, the large dim sum restaurants, close down.”

New York City launched a website with resources for small business owners: click here for more.