New York business owner Odette Rishti says her Brooklyn gift shop was unfairly targeted by New York State inspectors for alleged COVID-19 violations, telling Fox & Friends on Wednesday that she had received a summons. although her store was closed to customers.
Odette Rishti, who owns the Everything is a Gift store with her husband, also said that residents in her “red zone” in the Brooklyn neighborhood go to other postcodes to do business.
Some schools and businesses in parts of Brooklyn and Queens, areas the state considers “red zones”, have been closed amid a recent rise in COVID-19 cases in New York.
Last Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that some of these restrictions on the coronavirus had been eased in parts of Brooklyn and Queens after a sharp drop in cases, while in other areas there would be an increase in “control measures,”
“Holiday season is coming up,” Rishti said, adding that in the event of a “forced shutdown,” she was left with many unanswered questions, including “What do I do when I finally open?” Am I filling the store? Right?
“We’ve been working here for ten years, in a community where everything seems closed,” Rishi said. “Our schools are closed, the synagogues are closed.
“But everyone is moving around and, you know, you can just go to another zip code and get your nails done. You can go to another zip code and buy something, ”she continued.
Host Brian Kilmeid noted that city inspectors came to her store and “had no problem,” but state inspectors did so and called for it, arguing that the store was open and “fully operational.”
Rishti told Kilmeid that her store was not open to customers and she did not understand why she had been summoned.
She said that state inspectors “basically claim that we are open with open doors and we are inside.”
“We are a team for husbands. We have been working there for 10 years. We have been following ever-changing rules since March, “she continued.
Rishti added that “we understood the need [to close] due to Covid-19 and many deaths in the country and we were very worried about ourselves and our family. ”
She stressed that “since then we have been following the rules, much to the chagrin of our customers, who open their doors all day and are greeted with a sign saying don’t.”
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“They can’t come in because there’s a lock on the door, it says, ‘Please just call us and we’ll take care of everything you need by delivering or sending it,'” Rishi explained. that this is what state inspectors “saw at the door” of her store when they showed up.
“And they still thought we were open when we worked inside,” she continued.
She said that despite orders to remain closed, she still has to pay rent and have to pay for materials.
“They [state inspectors] I don’t want anyone inside and across the street with a bodega with people coming in and out, “Rishi said. “There’s a candy store with people coming in and out. There is a supermarket that is a long block with people coming in and out.
“We sell basic things,” she added. “And people really need us, so we don’t mind delivering or sending and we’ve done that, but they’re [state inspectors are] I’m not happy about that. “
Rishti said he was working with his city councilor to appeal the state’s invitation.
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A spokesman for Governor Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’s request for comment.