New York state issued a cease and desist order on Tuesday, June 30 to HITS, on the eve of the 2020 HITS-on-the-Hudson series of horse shows. The order, dated June 30, warns HITS that it could face fines of up to $1,000 a day if it moves forward with the first of its shows, the Vermont Summer Special, which was planned to run from July 1-5 in Saugerties.
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According to the state Health Department, all “non-essential businesses” are required to cease “in-person services.” The Health Department stated that horse shows are among those non-essential businesses. The letter states, “Consequently, by operating the aforementioned horse show, HITS, Inc. will be in violation of Department of Health regulation and an Executive Order related to the COVID-19 state of emergency.”
In addition to facing potential civil penalties, the order warns that the state could seek an injunction from state Supreme Court to compel the horse show’s compliance.