New York allows orange zone restaurants to operate under yellow zone restrictions

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(WETM) – New York is allowing all restaurants that are impacted by orange zone restrictions to reopen under yellow zone guidelines, according to a statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office.

The decision comes after a ruling in Erie County that allowed orange zone restaurants to open with the yellow zone guidelines.

STATEMENT FROM COUNSEL TO THE GOVERNOR KUMIKI GIBSON ON STATE SUPREME COURT DECISION IN ERIE COUNTY RELATED TO INDOOR DINING

“A court decision yesterday temporarily granted a select few restaurants located within an Orange Zone in Erie County the ability to resume indoor dining under the rules governing Yellow Zones. We are reviewing the decision. While that process is ongoing, to ensure uniformity and fairness, all restaurants operating in Orange Zones can now operate under rules governing Yellow Zones. We disagree with the court’s decision and its impact on public health as Federal CDC data clearly demonstrates indoor dining increases COVID-19 spread. From the start of this pandemic, the State has acted based on facts and the advice of public health experts, and we will continue that approach.”

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw released a statement on the changes.

“In no way am I thankful to politicians relaxing COVID closures.

Governor Cuomo and Mark Poloncarz pushed and punished long suffering businesses enough.  Gyms, salons, bars, and restaurants fought back.  It is sad that in the freest country in the world, businesses had to sue their own government to open and make a living.

Being grateful to politicians relaxing COVID restrictions is like having someone stepping on your neck.  Blocking you from breathing.  Then giving them credit for saving your life when they take their foot off your throat.

New York State and Erie County must open fully.  Now.  Stop these bogus closures and restrictions not even based in facts or data.  Businesses have suffered enough.”

Stefan Mychajliw

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