Many business owners in New York are not happy with the latest mask-or-vaccine mandate of governor Kathy Hochul.
These owners consider the latest order as a lump of coal in a Christmas stocking.
Retailers in the Empire State said the latest order of Hochul which requires workers and customers to wear masks or show proof of vaccination starting Monday is another challenge for struggling businesses at the height of the holiday shopping season.
Jaser Bsharat, manager of his family-owned Harlem Furniture on 125th St. said they can remind customers to wear masks but they cannot force them to wear them.
“That’s not good for us small businesses,” Bsharat said.
Mahamada Camara, who is a worker at a Kennedy Fried Chicken on 125th St. is not happy with the penalties that could see owners face a maximum $1,000 fine per violation.
“It’s the people who don’t want to wear the mask (who) should pay the $1,000,” Camara said.
Sources said the mandate will be in effect until Jan. 15 and will be up to local health departments to enforce.