Priority Alert: NYSRA Urges All Restaurants and Bars to Immediately Comply with Large Gathering Restrictions
Today, Governor Cuomo Suggested that Continued Non-Compliance with Large Gathering Restrictions will Lead to Further Gathering Restrictions on Bars and Restaurants in New York
At a press conference this afternoon, Governor Cuomo warned bars and restaurants not in compliance with the State’s 50% occupancy restriction risk further and more strict mandatory gathering restrictions. The Governor was responding to a question by the press citing reports over the weekend that bars were overflowing with patrons celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Just today New York City, Illinois and Ohio issued mandatory statewide closures of eat-in restaurants, along with similar mandatory restaurant closures in Los Angeles and Boston.
More instances of non-compliance means that the New York restaurant industry risks mandatory closures. Lack of compliance not only puts your restaurant’s operating and SLA license in jeopardy, it risks the ability of the entire industry to operate.
Again, the ‘Large Gatherings’ restrictions affect ALL RESTAURANTS in New York State.
We understand the challenges COVID-19 has already thrust upon our industry, with some members having lost upwards of 70% of their business. And while it simply is not in our nature to turn away customers, we cannot stress enough the need to comply with this directive, particularly as St. Patrick’s Day is upon us.
Read NYS Dept. of Health Guidance for Large Gatherings & Public Spaces
NYS COVID-19 Update Given by Governor Cuomo
Gov. Cuomo held a press conference yesterday afternoon to provide an update on the state's response to the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Read a summary of the press conference
Review of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
There is both a federal and NY State WARN law. If the Government moves to force restaurant closures, it’s important to know the rules surrounding what you have to do.
Read more about the WARN Law