More than three dozen barbershops and hair salons are suing Governor Andrew Cuomo for the COVID-19 restrictions he has put in place for those businesses.

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As Western New York remains under orange zone COVID-19 restrictions, many businesses, including salons, spas, and barbershops, were forced to close their doors again. Now, 38 of those salons, barbershops, and spas here in Erie County have come together to sue New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, according to WIVB. Their 'class-action' lawsuit says the shutdown orders that Gov. Cuomo recently put in place to help stop the increase in COVID-19 cases in WNY, is a “disturbing abuse of power.” The group is represented by the Amherst-based law firm HoganWillig Attorneys at Law. The businesses want to reopen.

Governor Cuomo and Other State & Local Entities Named in Lawsuit

According to, also listed in the lawsuit are:

The New York State Senate and Assembly
The New York State Health Department
The New York State Economic Development Department
Empire State Development Corporation
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
The Erie County Department of Health

This is not the first class-action lawsuit that Gov. Cuomo has been named in due to COVID-19. According to Spectrum News 1 NY, 1,500 gym owners from around New York came together to sue the governor for $500 million, after they were forced to close. This lawsuit came towards the end of the first wave of the virus, back in August, when gyms were one of the last business categories to open under NYS' Phase Four of re-opening. Gyms, which did re-open, have now been closed again here in WNY, due to Erie County being classified as an orange zone.
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