NFIB Warns Against Second Shutdown in New York

Date: October 14, 2020

As New York State authorities have instituted a new COVID-19 hotspot containment strategy in a handful of communities where cases of infection have risen sharply, NFIB’s New York State Director Greg Biryla cautioned that the state must make every effort to keep small businesses open.

Speaking with The Buffalo News, Biryla praised small businesses for prioritizing safety and helping to limit spread, “businesses are taking safety very seriously for their customers, their employees and the community and that most consumer business interactions have not been shown to increase transmission risks.”

WXXI News also spoke with NFIB’s Biryla on the subject, “traditional, typical consumer-business interactions are not posing significant transmission risks. That is very positive news, and it leads to me to believe that businesses can continue to remain open, and follow safety protocols and guidance should there be some kind of uptick in transmission and infections.”

New York State’s 7-day rolling average of positive tests remains low, 1.2% as October 12, 2020.

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