Cuomo: Businesses in hot spots could shutter as state ramps up COVID-19 enforcement
More local businesses could be shutting down as the state ramps up its COVID-19 enforcement.
The focus is getting the virus under control in hot-spot ZIP codes in the Hudson Valley and across the state.
“Local businesses that are in violation of the law will be fined and can be closed. Just like bars and restaurants. If there are businesses that are violating the gathering rules, they can be fined and they will be closed," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The state will be going into 20 ZIP codes with positivity rates above 6%.
Cuomo says the areas are predominantly in Orange, Brooklyn and Rockland.
Spring Valley is one of the hot spots that’s caught the state’s attention, with a seven-day positivity rate of 15%.
Ramapo Supervisor Michael Specht says he’ll work with the state, acknowledging some business may have relaxed over time.
“There’s a feeling that the virus had diminished, and people were safe. There’s a belief that people had immunity or that it was gone," he says.