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Business owners concerned as COVID-19 cases rise in Genesee County

Posted at 5:26 PM, Dec 30, 2020

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Genesee County officials are reporting 2,232 positive COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, and as cases rise some business owners say they are fearing for their future.

Holly Stewart owns Holly Joy Hair Artistry in Batavia, and said it's why she continues to diligently follow guidelines.

"From my understanding, they are - a lot of the cases are more in clusters. Which does help to know that it may not be in the general population as much," said Stewart. "And for myself that is why we stick so strictly to so many restrictions."

She disinfects every station after every client and staff-only areas, has clients wait in their cars before coming for their appointment, and they're asked about any possible exposure before they get their temperatures checked.

Every client also gets a small hand sanitizer bottle.

"It can be very exhausting, and we're all tired - I don't like to have to come to work every day with a face shield, a face mask, both. But I'm doing my part to try help the general public and community," she said.

Stewart said she's able to stay open because they're in a yellow zone.

"Actually it's been very busy. It is a lot of work but not in a bad way," said Stewart.

She said her salon has been following guidelines put in place since June. But she's also going above and beyond outside of work to make sure her staff and her clients are staying safe.

"Try to avoid the large settings, the socialization. Obviously everyone is going to still lead their own life but I still really try to emphasize being as safe as possible," said Stewart.

Genesee County officials are expected to provide a COVID-19 update Thursday morning.