The NYSE, a Symbol of America, is Fighting to Keeping Its Trading Floor Open Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

‘They have to balance the health and safety of not only the people who work there but broader social responsibility’

by Mark DeCambre
Market Watch

Joe Gawronski said concerns about the coronavirus outbreak really hit home on March 13.

“Our attitude has changed markedly since Friday,” he said of his family’s reaction to the viral outbreak of COVID-19.

The president of New York brokerage firm Rosenblatt Securities lives in Summit, N.J., a suburb a little more than 20 miles west of the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan, and his children’s school district announced on March 12 that it would be closing until at least April 6 as more than two dozen confirmed cases of the viral pandemic cropped up in the Garden State.

Gawronski said things didn’t change much immediately after the school closure; he allowed his kids to have a sleepover on Friday, but over the past few days things changed starkly.

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