Wealthy Americans Flee To Their Vacation Homes And The Cities Because Private Schools Are Closing And Galas Are Canceled Due To Coronavirus
- “We’re going to the Hamptons with my whiskey and Lysol wipes,” said one of them
- Jennifer Wallace took her sons to a homeless gala and said the virus “will not affect our family like a family on the brink of homelessness”
- Fellow Upper East Sider Emmanuel Di Donna said he took ‘simple measures’ to avoid the outbreak by not going on vacation for Spring Break
- Zibby Owens, who also lives on the Upper East Side, ‘takes it one day at a time’
- There are more than 1,300 cases of the virus in the United States; 39 people died
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Wealthy Americans flee to their vacation homes and the cities because private schools close and galas are canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Julie Macklowe, who lives on the Upper East Side, Manhattan, told the story Bloomberg: “We go to the Hamptons with my whiskey and Lysol wipes.
No performance dates. The kids can FaceTime each other, we’ll see if that works. ‘
Journalist Jennifer Wallace, who also lives on the Upper East Side, said the virus “will not affect our family like a family on the brink of homelessness.”
She took her young sons to a Sheltering Arms gala, adding, “There are parents who, when their children are home and unable to go to work, may lose their income and possibly even their job. What those parents are dealing with is panic. ‘
Emmanuel Di Donna, founder of Upper East Side’s Di Donna Galleries, said he took “ simple measures ” to prevent the outbreak by not going on vacation for Spring Break.
And Zibby Owens, who also lives on the Upper East Side, said she takes it “day by day.”
Homes line the ocean in an aerial view of Southampton, New York. Wealthy Americans Flee to Their Vacation Homes and Cities Because Private Schools Close and Galas Are Canceled Due to Coronavirus Outbreak
Wealthy Americans flee the Upper East Side, pictured Thursday, amid coronavirus
There are already more than 1,300 cases of the virus in the US and 39 people have died.
President Donald Trump announced major travel restrictions in Europe on Wednesday to stem the spread of the corona virus.
His 30-day travel order applies to citizens of 26 European countries, but excludes Great Britain and Ireland, as well as US citizens. It starts on Friday at midnight.
That forced the Metropolitan Opera to cancel performances and rehearsals until March 31. Many of the Met’s singers and conductors regularly travel from Europe.
Carnegie Hall also announced that it will close its doors at midnight on Thursday for all public events until the end of March, canceling performances by The Philadelphia Orchestra, Angélique Kidjo, the Castalian String Quartet and Musical Armenia.
Upper East Sider Macklowe says she was forced to cancel to attend a board meeting for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Couture Council.
Stores in the Hamptons are also reporting a sales increase, not in line with the time of year, Bloomberg reports.
Other wealthy individuals would take private jets to specially prepared disaster bunkers, according to The Guardian.
But the Hamptons are not free from the virus – in fact, a confirmed case is currently at Southampton Hospital.