In a recent tweet, President Trump claims that the state of New York is killing small businesses by not allowing them to properly open up. Is he right?

Ever since the beginning of New York's 'pause' due to COVID-19 there has been a lot of confusion about what businesses and services are essential and are able to stay open. Some have even stayed open despite being told to close.

New York's slower phased opening may be designed to save some from the spread of COVID-19 but is it strangling small businesses who may have already been hurting before the pandemic?

Up until recently it seems like if you didn't sell food or construction supplies your business most likely took quite a hit over the last three months. Big box stores were able to adapt while many stores had to close down with the plan on it being just temporarily. The sad truth is that some businesses may not return post quarantine including 200 Zales and Jared locations.

According to a map posted in the Washington Post regarding each state's re-opening plan, New York is surrounded by states that are moving at a much faster pace. New York and New Jersey still have major restrictions compared to neighboring states.

What about locally owned businesses like antique shops and clothing stores that may not do well with a curbside service? What about restaurants the space outdoors for a a dine-out option?

Will small businesses  be able to hold out in the Hudson Valley?

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