By Marivir R. Montebon
New York – Filipino entrepreneurs are bracing for significantly low incomes in the next coming weeks to comply with the city’s order to lessen business operations to help contain the spread of Coronavirus here.
Young entrepreneur Augelyn Francisco said that the city must also come up with measures to protect entrepreneurs like her, especially on the cost of rent. “Public safety is so important. But I suggest that the city would also mandate the cutting in half of our space rent, because our business is being slowed down,” she said in an interview with OSM!.
Francisco owns and manages three-year-old Kabisera Kape on downtown Allen Street, which will reduce operations to only take-home and delivery services starting March 17, 2020. The cost of rent and utilities remain the same, she said, and the city must also look into that.
On Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, Filipino restaurants, which mostly serve authentic Filipino cuisine, are going to reduce operations to take-home as well.
Effective March 17, New York City has ordered for the closure of the dining services of restaurants and bars here and would only provide take-home and delivery services in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus in public spaces.
Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have yet to issue statements that would resonate the rental concerns of small businesses as operations are being slowed down for public safety.