(WIVB) – Gyms, salons, hair salons and personal care services in the Eri County Orange Zone are closed for the foreseeable future.
But in Niagara County, that area is not in the orange zone, so they are open for business.
People in Eri County now prefer to travel north for those services.
Some businesses we spoke to said that they were already seeing the effects of the closure of Eri County. Hairdressing studio owners in Lockerport are making appointments throughout the week.
Phone calls are definitely on the rise. We are overwhelmed by phone calls from customers in Eri County and we are grateful for that, we really are.
Joseph Lagreka, Singar Hair Studio
His wife, Joseph Lagreka, said Niagara County does not want to be affected by the closure of the state’s small cluster, so he is sure to be more cautious in this business.
Lagreka continued, “We were really surprised to see it as part of this early closure. Fortunately here in Niagara County, we are still open, so thank you very much. But they are not our friends, brothers and sisters in Erie County. ”
According to local officials, this is good for local businesses affected by the epidemic, but it could increase the rate of infection between people moving forward and backward between regions.
It is a heavy balance. We’ve seen our businesses struggle, we know we don’t want to go to that zone, we don’t want our businesses to close and we don’t want to take that step back. But the ultimate goal is to protect the safety of our society and to stop the spread of the virus.
Becky Widdish, Niagara County Legislator
“County life-saving restrictions are being put in place,” said Eric Poloncars, chief executive of Eri County. No one wants to shut down the economy. Nobody wants to do that. We want to save lives. ”