Spokesperson says city will provide relief for small businesses during pandemic

According to a spokesperson with New York City Small Business Services, the city will be providing relief for small businesses seeing a reduction in revenue because of the coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Mar 18, 2020, 11:12 PM

Updated 1,521 days ago


Those interested in these programs are asked to call 311.  Joe Caria, owner of Luca Hair Salon, tells News 12 he's already called and is going to apply but that he still feels uneasy because there's no guarantee. 
Caria says business is not as usual as the world continues to fight through the coronavirus pandemic. He says small businesses like his need more support. 
"For the past two weeks, it has been like just very very slow. In 35 years, I've never seen anything like it," said Caria. 
He says he knows state and city officials are asking everyone who can to stay home, but shutting down his business for the foreseeable future would be a nightmare for him and his employees. 
Caria tells News 12, for now, he's going to keep his salon open, until he's told otherwise.

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