Questions on reopening New York’s economy baffle businesses
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While New York City businesses remain shuttered, parts of the state currently reopening may provide a hint of what’s to come when restrictions are finally lifted.
Some upstate New York business owners who made plans to reopen Friday as the state gradually loosened restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis remained closed amid last-minute confusion over whether their region indeed had the OK to move forward.
County leaders learned on a 7 p.m. call with state officials that public health experts hired by the state would have to sign off on the next phase of reopening, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said at a Thursday night news conference.
“It’s an insult to every business in this community that has been struggling,” said Picente, a Republican. “It’s a lack of respect for the business community.”