Brooklyn business owners and staff prepared for the worst ahead of the Mayoral executive order to shut down or reduce operations of most establishments in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Now that it’s in place, some workers are fearing deep cuts to their livelihoods.

“We have a lot of people here that this is what they depend for most of their income and I’m one of them,” said Ellen O’Shea, a 10-year bartender at Freddy’s Bar on Fifth Avenue. “I’ll have to file for unemployment and start buying some Ramen I guess — it definitely hit for real real today.”

Matt Hogan, owner of Irish Haven, said the closures will hit hard around St. Patrick’s Day. (Photo by Paulo Basseto) Brooklyn business owners and staff prepared for the worst ahead of the Mayoral executive order to shut down or reduce operations of most establishments in order to contain the […]

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