MARCY, N.Y. --- Over the weekend Mohawk Valley Wellness received a notification from the health department that they did not want to hear. Their business was being shut down due to noncompliance with state and county health guidelines.
"I made the decision to not make anyone do anything to include not wearing a mask. And because of that decision, we have been ordered to be closed for 2 weeks," said John Bartholomeom Owner of Mohawk Valley Wellness.
Ellis said the Health Department doesn't just suddenly shut down a business. She said it often initially begins with a complaint. Ellis said the department will then investigate if that business is in compliance. If the business is not in compliance, Ellis said the closure begins immediately and lasts a minimum of two weeks.
Ellis said a majority of businesses have been following the guidelines.
"In general I think most businesses are trying to comply with all of the state guidelines. And we're encouraged by many businesses who have not had cases, whose employees have not had cases. That's our goal, to keep everybody safe. Whether it's the employer or employee or the patrons. It could be a hairdresser or barbershop. Whatever type of business it is, where you are having one on one contact with people you wanna ensure that they're being very safe," said Ellis.
The health department also works in conjunction with mohawk valley Crimestoppers. A database in people can go on and report businesses. The health department can also issue fines to businesses that are not compliant.