COVID-19 is not only a public health crisis, it is also a financial crisis for many New Yorkers, said Byrne. This is because, in an effort to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19, federal and state governments have taken unprecedented actions to reduce density and large crowds. In doing so, many businesses are now closed or in other ways limited, which has had a huge impact on both businesses and employees. These actions, while necessary, have created enormous challenges for hard-working New Yorkers by eliminating their ability to earn income due to being quarantined. I am proud to be a part of this bi-partisan legislation which employees from companies of many different sizes during quarantine.
In addition to this piece of legislation, I have already joined many of my colleagues in support of conferences proposed Small Business Emergency Recovery Act of 2020 to ensure businesses themselves will be able survive this crisis. Right now, many small businesses on Main Street are limited in how they can produce and sell their products and/ or services. We must act now to ensure our small businesses have the support they need to survive and recover once the existing public health emergency concludes.
We must work to ensure that New York stays afloat during this crisis. This is one way we can do so.