SYOSSET, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Italy shutting down all non-essential businesses this week in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 got the attention of Howard Chung.
Chung, owner of The Bicycle Planet in Long Island, told BRAIN on Thursday about a customer he helped in the morning who is from Milan.
“She has relatives out there, and she’s like, ‘Yeah, you literally can’t leave your house without being called out,” Chung said. “I never thought in a million years that Italy would shut down every business with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, transportation and hospitals. Think about that for a second.”
BRAIN has been contacting shops in the New York and Seattle areas — two of the areas with the most COVID-19 infections in the U.S. to date — as concern about the outbreak has grown. Most said they’re operating normally right now other than extra store sanitary precautions. The future is the big unknown, all of them agreed.
While The Bicycle Planet’s sales are “rocking and rolling, which is disturbing,” Chung said, Velo Bike Shop in Seattle is no longer open seven days …read more