Fleeing the American coronavirus epicenter, the wealthy elite of New York City receive their mail first-class after hiring limousine drivers to deliver letters and parcels to their lavish beach houses and rentals in the Hamptons.
That’s where Mark Vigliante comes in. Vigliante is the president of M&V Limousine Limited, which now provides a postal delivery service to residents of New York City who recently fled to the Hamptons.
Vigliante said Vice that his limousine drivers have already started running from Manhattan to the Hamptons.
According to Vigliante, the company has slowed down, so he had to find ways to be innovative.
The wealthy elite of New York City, who have fled the U.S. coronavirus epicenter, receive their mail first-class after hiring limousine drivers to deliver their letters and packages to their lavish beach houses and Hamptons rentals (pictured Tuesday)
Mark Vigliante, the President of M&V Limousine Limited, who now provides a mail delivery service to New York City residents who recently fled to the Hamptons
The postal delivery, which costs several hundred dollars, allowed him to employ up to 15 percent of his drivers.
So far, drivers have gone to houses on the Upper West Side to pick up packages, bills, letters, and other items, which have then been delivered to the wealthy in the Hamptons.
Vigliante said there have also been some strange deliveries, referring to a customer requesting his drivers to transport his bike.
“It’s a lot of mail and a lot of packages,” said Vigliante. “It’s also a lot of groceries and luggage. Part is more strange. A guest had us transport a bicycle. ‘
He also said that these deliveries now account for 30 percent of his business.
“To be honest, if things keep going well, we’ll probably keep doing it when things go better,” Vigliante told Vice.
Earlier on Tuesday, tensions were reported to increase in small towns where New York City residents have fled to escape the corona virus hotspot, as locals complain about looted supermarkets.
The so-called ‘coronavirus refugees’ have left the Big Apple in large numbers and have picked up rental properties in quiet communities where the likelihood of contracting the deadly bug is significantly lower.
So far, drivers have gone to Upper West Side homes to pick up packages, bills, letters, and other items, which were then delivered to the wealthy in the Hamptons (photo)
Beaches in the Hamptons are filled earlier than normal when New Yorkers flee to Long Island to escape the corona virus
People were seen up and down in the Hamptons this week after fleeing New York City
This image shows the areas where New Yorkers are fleeing to get away from the corona virus
But full-time residents of those cities are withdrawing their welcome mats, fearing that the influx of visitors will bring the infection much closer to their front door, while overwhelming the already extensive resources.
Local leaders in a number of holiday destinations in the Northeast, including the Hamptons, New York State and Martha’s Vineyard, have called for a travel ban for refugees from New York City, citing pressure on food supplies and concerns that regional health systems will to collapse .
In the absence of such a ban, several communities have urged visitors to stay away, while others take matters into their own hands by ordering mandatory quarantines for people entering the hot zones of the corona virus.
In the Hamptons, full-time residents have flooded social media with photos of overcrowded supermarkets where shelves have been emptied by panic buyers who are gearing up for self-isolation.
In a Stop & Shop in East Hampton on Sunday, the store was so busy that employees had to supervise lines to keep people six feet apart and erect barriers to protect cashiers.
Tensions are mounting in small towns where New York City residents have fled to escape the corona virus hotspot, as locals complain of looted supermarkets and hospitals becoming busier
This image shows the empty shelves in the East Hampton Stop & Shop
In the coveted beach towns of Long Island, the demand for rental properties has increased enormously. Some residents claim that property managers have asked them to leave so that their homes can be rented out to wealthy visitors from New York City at a higher price.
Several celebrities are among the alleged coronavirus refugees filling up on local beaches – including Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson and Anna Wintour.
The leaders of four Hamptons communities wrote to Gov Andrew Cuomo on Friday urging him to take action and ban residents coming to the East End.
In Cape Cod, Massachusetts, more than 5,000 people have signed a petition to close bridges connecting the area to the mainland to physically block out-of-state visitors.
In Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island, community leaders discourage second-home owners and other travelers from severely affected areas from visiting the area, where hospitals are already reporting bed and supply shortages.