Safeway, a popular supermarket chain, has stopped selling cars at its fuel stations in the state of New York because of concerns that it could lead to the spread of diseases like EV-detecting viruses.
The move follows the closure of a gas station in the town of Williamsburg last week.
The New York State Department of Health said Monday that the two gas stations in Williamsburg are the first in the United States to stop selling vehicles for a lack of funding.
The agency said that since the closures, more than 100 vehicles have been reported stolen at the gas stations and that more than 60 people were hospitalized for EV-related injuries.
The company has previously said that it would be open to continuing to sell cars to customers, though a spokesperson said Monday the company was considering “a range of alternative means” to sell the cars.
The spokesperson added that there were “several issues” that made the decision to shut down the fuel stations all but impossible.
The Williamsburg gas station is located just west of the city of Newburgh, and the company said it was closed due to the potential for EV virus outbreaks at other nearby gas stations.
The Department of Environmental Conservation announced in a press release that it had issued a public health advisory for EV viruses, and it warned that the spread is “extremely serious.”
It also warned of the potential risks of EV-induced respiratory infections and respiratory diseases, including EV-confirmed coronavirus.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure last week, saying that it was necessary to help New Yorkers with respiratory problems.
Cuomo said the decision was necessary because the state has no money for EV cleanups.
New Yorkers have been forced to wait more than a week for fuel to run at the stations because the stations were unable to obtain funding to pay for fuel.
The Governor said he wanted to make sure that people who needed fuel were able to access it, but that it did not make sense to shut off the fuel supply to residents if the situation was manageable.
Cuomo has also said that he would seek to pass legislation to increase the number of EV fuel stations throughout the state.
The governor has said that New Yorkers should not have to wait weeks for fuel, because the virus will be contained and the gas will run out within the next week.
“This is a situation that we have to address in a timely and effective manner,” Cuomo said.
The gas stations have been closed since April for various reasons, including a spike in coronaviruses.
The virus can cause severe respiratory and respiratory-related conditions in susceptible people.
In the first two weeks of May, at least 14 people have been hospitalized with EV-associated coronaviral infections.
Cuomo’s spokesperson, Jessica Rosenworcel, said Monday on CNN that the state had not identified a reason for the gas station closure, and said that the health department would investigate.
NewYork has a long history of EV outbreaks.
In June, a group of residents in a Brooklyn neighborhood were forced to endure two days of unsafe conditions at the height of the coronavoid pandemic.
The residents were forced into a building for an emergency meeting and the mayor was forced to evacuate them after an explosion at a nearby power plant.
The state’s Department of Public Health said that a total of eight coronavirovirus cases had been confirmed among the residents.
The mayor also announced plans to shuttered fuel stations for one day a week until at least June 6.
Cuomo is seeking to increase funding for EV EV cleanup efforts and has said he wants to make the states largest EV clean-up possible.
The President of the United Auto Workers, the country’s largest union, has called for Cuomo to cancel the fuel station closures and for the state to begin its EV clean up.