All restaurants in Eri County can serve up to 50 people at 50% capacity and at one table.
Buffalo, New York – Following the judge’s decision that WNY restaurant owners who have filed lawsuits against the state may be reopened in yellow zone restrictions; Erie County says it will implement ‘yellow zone’ guidelines for all Erie County restaurants.
That means all restaurants in Eri County can serve 50% capacity and more than four people at one table. Restaurants must observe until 10 p.m.
Arguments from state attorneys and restaurant owners were heard at an imaginary hearing before Judge Henry J. Noak of the New York State Supreme Court last Friday.
During the hearing, attorney Cory Hogan used the word ‘scouts’ to describe the restaurants being served by the state and Governor Andrew Kumo under COVID restrictions. Speaking of irreparable damage, Hogan told the New York State Restaurant Association that one restaurant in the region is closed every day.
According to Judge Nunak, Eri County is in the Orange Zone and other areas around the region are experiencing high COVID levels, such as the Albany area, and are currently not in any zone. An attorney from the state argues that the size of the capital is not necessarily large.
Hogan noted that the trial was adjourned until further notice.
“Basically, the judge will allow these restaurants to work with home-cooked meals because I think they may be out of work when the time comes for a permanent order,” Hogan continued.
A spokesman for the administration’s office said they were reviewing the decision.