Port Chester small businesses protest orange zone status
Port Chester business owners protested orange zone restrictions that have shut down some local businesses.
Port Chester is the only community in Westchester in the orange zone, which means salons and gyms can't be open and restaurants can't offer indoor dining.
Port Chester has been in the orange zone for about a month.
About 50 local business owners and supporters gathered downtown with signs to protest the restrictions. They believe the rise in COVID-19 cases is not linked back to salons and gyms.
Organizer Nathanael Torres told News 12 how his community has been impacted by these restrictions.
"What we want, and I'm going to speak to the business owners, we want a seat at the table to be able to expose our concerns and how we can contribute to the government with a program that we can make it safer and we can operate," says Torres, who owns Bloom Salon.
In order to move out of the orange zone, Port Chester must get its positivity rate below 2% for at least 10 days. Until that happens, the village can't move into the yellow zone.