(WIVB) – Fitness centers, salons, barbershops and personal care in Erie County’s orange zone are closed for the foreseeable future.
But in Niagara County, they are open for business because this area is not in an orange zone.
Now people in Erie County are choosing to travel north for these services.
Some companies we spoke to say they already see the impact of Erie County closures. The owners of the synergy hair studio in Lockport have been calling to book appointments all week.
Phone calls are certainly taken up significantly. We have been inundated with phone calls from clients in Erie County, and we are grateful for that, we really are.
Joseph Lagreca, Synergy Hair Studio
Owner Joseph Lagreca says he is making sure to take extra precautions during this recovery in business, as he does not want Niagara County to fall victim to the state̵
Lagreca continues, “Seeing us be a part of this early closure was certainly a surprise to us. Fortunately, here in Niagara County, we are still open, for which I am very grateful. But our friends, brothers and sisters in Erie County are not. ”
Local leaders say that while this is good for local businesses that are hurting due to the pandemic, they are also concerned that people traveling back and forth between counties could lead to an increase in the infection rate.
It is a difficult balance. We have seen our companies fight and we know we do not want to go to the next zone, we do not want our companies to close down and we do not want to take that step backwards. But the ultimate goal is the public health issue involved in keeping our society safe and stopping the spread of the virus.
Becky Wydysh, Niagara County legislator
Erie County Director Mark Poloncarz said, “Restrictions are being introduced to save lives. No one wants to close the economy. No one is interested in doing that. We want to save lives. ”