Medina businesses are still digesting news from the Governor’s Office today:
“Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced he is signing the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. It includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22.”
(Examples: Clothing Stores, Nail Salons, Barber Shops, Tattoo Parlors, Jewelry Stores, Gift Shops, Book Stores, etc.)
Gloria Fierch and her husband, Fred, took ownership at ‘The Book Shoppe’ on Main Street in Medina around three months ago, and until the COVID-19 outbreak “business was going well,” Fred told a reporter from the WNYObserver.
With ‘social distancing’ rapidly attaching itself to the Nation’s collective psyche, times have been stressful for any business counting on in-store purchases.
Fred is sympathetic with the State’s decision, stating, “I think that New York State having the majority of cases in the Country makes it a dire situation.” With equal importance, he noted of the State’s decision, “Unless they subsidize all of this loss that these small businesses are going to suffer, some people aren’t going to make it through this.”
Angela Vadenbosch-Waldriff owns a popular shopping boutique’ on East Ave. in Medina which will be shutting down tomorrow until further notice.
‘Angie’, as she is known to her remarkably loyal patrons, noted, “I try to be very optimistic, but it is scary. We don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Speaking to those who rely on Angela’s access to high-end fashion, she stated, “I hope that everyone is well. I really appreciate your business. I truly appreciate how many customers have had me ship them things.” In a time of statewide anxiety, Angela knows, “That everyone is struggling. They probably don’t need a lot of clothes right now.”
Even though Ashlee’s Place physical location will be closed, Angela is happily taking orders online if anyone wants to do a little spring shopping to perk themselves up.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said of these new measures, “We know how the novel coronavirus spreads, and we are making data-driven decisions as the situation evolves to continue to reduce density and slow the spread of the virus.”