New York City is shutting down its bakeries and cafeterias after an epidemic of coronavirus infections left the city’s population without healthy food.
The closures are expected to affect about 10,000 businesses across the state, including restaurants, cafes and bakeries.
The city is facing a crisis because of the epidemic, which has claimed about 3,600 lives and infected nearly 1,000.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that coronaviruses are likely to cause at least 5 million cases worldwide over the next few years.
The announcement came days after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law banning restaurants from accepting any food from establishments that receive federal assistance, which will be phased in in January.
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo has said the state is prepared to step up to provide help to local businesses.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that some restaurants have received letters from the state saying they must close their doors by the middle of next week.
It did not say what the letters said.
The New York Daily News said the city will not be able to continue to pay the salaries of many of the workers who are needed to maintain the restaurants.
A spokesman for the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the agency has received several complaints about the closures and that it has responded to those complaints.
He said the department is working with the city to resolve the situation and that the department would not be commenting further on the matter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.