(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.
Yellow zone restaurant restrictions allow indoor and outdoor dining, a four-person maximum per table, and bars and restaurants close at 10 p.m. for on-premises consumption.
On Thursday, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said he was pleased that restaurants in orange zones are now operating as if they are in a yellow zone.
He also said that the big driver of cases last summer was from bars, so we need to do better this summer. He also said that businesses need to follow the rules and the county will be enforcing it.
He urged the public to be careful during the Bills upcoming playoff game and said not to gather. McMahon said we need to keep these restaurants open.
The following statement is from Counsel to the governor Kumiki Gibson on State Supreme Court Decision in Erie County:
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.