NYSRA pushes for outside dining to reopen in phase 2

Created: May 22, 2020 05:31 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — One week from Friday, phase two could get underway here in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region.

Restaurants are now arguing they should be bumped up to the second phase. The New York State Restaurant Association is pushing for at least outside seating to be permitted in phase two.

It points to New York's neighbor, Connecticut, which re-opened outdoor dining for restaurants in phase one.

The association's CEO and president Melissa Autilio Fleischut said about 80% of restaurant workers have been laid off or furloughed because of the lockdown and billions of dollars have also been lost.

As of right now, phase two includes: professional services, hair salons and barber shops, retail, administrative support, real estate and rental leasing. Again, all those could be reopening next Friday.

Two weeks after that, phase three includes restaurants, food services and hotels and accommodations. The soonest this phase could begin is June 12.

The fourth and final phase includes arts, entertainment, recreation and education. Churches also fall under phase four, but can now hold small services with fewer than 10 people.

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