Legal Fund for WNY Business Closure Defense

The legal defense fund we have set up at HoganWillig Attorneys at Law is on behalf of several Western New York businesses including gyms, restaurants and salons that are directly affected by the current “Cluster Action Initiative” shutdowns. By donating, you will help lessen the costs associated with bringing an action to court for these businesses, deemed “high-risk non-essential”, to keep their businesses open.

If you want to join our current challenge to fight the recent decision putting many towns and businesses into the Governor's "Orange Zone" micro-cluster designation (effectively shutting many small businesses a second time), please consider any show of support. If you are an owner of a small business, who is interested in joining a Business Action, please visit: 

Our progress will be shared as updates on this campaign for our Donors & Followers; however you can also find these updates on our social media platforms below: 

Facebook & Twitter: @hoganwillig
Instagram: @hoganwilliglawfirm

Personal Stories: 

We have a private studio located inside a secure salon facility. We are always at least 6 feet away from each other. All beauty professionals wear masks throughout all services and clients are required to wear masks as well. Hand sanitizer is available at the front door, and when you enter our studio. I only service one person at a time, and thoroughly sanitize between clients. There is never more than 4 people in our triple wide studio. Everything the client touches is cleaned with CavaCide®. There have been zero cases of COVID-19 that have been tied to my business. We have been forced to shut our doors twice now since March, and because of the reduction in capacity while I have been open, I am looking at a loss of revenue of $4,000 to $5,000 a month. I am not sure how much longer I can operate under these circumstances and am looking at having to shut my doors if this continues much longer.

- Marcie - 
WNY Independent Beauty Salon Owner


In October of 2020 I moved into the locked salon facility I am contracting through, and after six to eight months of acquiring my DBA, the proper equipment, licenses, products, furniture, and décor I finally opened 9 days before this last “orange zone” designation. I am sure you can imagine this has been devastating. I have put over $10,000 dollars of my money into starting this business in my early twenties, for it to be open for only 8 days. I am in an incredible amount of debt, and If I do not open within the next couple of months, I am not sure that I will be able to afford to keep my business.

As far as my safety protocols, clients enter a locked facility, their temperature is taken at the door, both I and my client wear a mask for the entire session, their hands are sanitized upon entry, and then washed. They then are required to fill out a COVID questionnaire. I wash my hands and wear gloves through the entire session, and all equipment is either disposed of, or put into Barbacide between sessions. Lastly, all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned with department of health approved cleaners. I have invested in thorough and EXPENSIVE cleaning processes and procedures to keep myself and my clients safe, after such an investment to be shut down is a death sentence for a small business like mine.

- Ciara - 
WNY Independent Beauty Salon Owner


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