As Phase 2 begins, Nassau reports ‘devastating’ impact of COVID-19 on local businesses
Nassau officials announced the number of COVID-19 cases continue to trend down as Phase 2 begins – with 45 new positive cases reported in 24 hours. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says a total of 4,869 people were tested on Wednesday, with under 1% testing positive.
Although the county continues to go in the right direction with COVID-19-related numbers, Curran stressed local businesses are being hit really hard.
The latest tax receipts showed the county is down 30% in revenue, a number Curran called “devastating.”
In a survey, Curran revealed two-thirds of businesses expect business to plummet 50% or more, with only 3% predicting no decrease in revenue.
Curran went on to reveal 70% of the businesses say the impact of COVID-19 is worse than expected two months ago.
Many businesses say they are concerned about lack of consumer confidence and worried that people would be afraid to go out.
“Businesses want everyone to be assured that they are doing social distancing, adding hand sanitizers, taking the proper precautions,” says Curran.
Curran also announced that part of the Tribeca Film Festival will be coming to Nassau. The Nassau event will be a drive-in movie held at Nickerson Beach Park.
Starting on July 10 for four consecutive weekends, there will be a new movie. Tickets go on sale on June 22.