Restaurants adjusting to new regulations on closing time

Patrick Moussignac
Created: November 11, 2020 07:01 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The governor's new set of rules is a major blow to restaurants, and bars that have been dealing with more scrutiny than ever. News10NBC visited the Blu Wolf Bistro on Park Avenue and talked to owner Jason Snyder about the new regulations. 

The news that all restaurants must close their dining area, and bar nightly at 10 p.m. is not being welcomed at the restaurant, but Snyder says he'll do whatever it takes just to keep his business open. 

While they can still offer takeout and deliveries after 10 p.m., Snyder feels this new restriction is a bit extreme.

"I don't see how it could be much more dangerous at 9:50 p.m. versus 11:10 p.m. You know there's so much other restrictions on everybody right now," Snyder said.

Restaurants have been operating at 50% capacity since their dining areas, and bars were reopened a few months back. Snyder believes the new regulations on restaurants were set for one reason.

"I think it's the state, definitely the state trying to crack down on those late-night gatherings, but there will be other consequences to businesses as well," Snyder said.

The announcement comes just three days after parts of Monroe County, were put into a Yellow Zone designation due to the growing COVID-19 infection rate. Some restaurants even had to shut down after employees tested positive. Now restaurants also have to limit how many people per table. Snyder says it's been difficult to have to tell families that they can't sit together, because of the four seat rule.

"We've had to have that conversation with families already," Snyder said. "Thankfully they understand the way things have been going, rules come fast and furious at some points, and we haven't had any issues with it. Yeah, it's difficult to tell them."

The New York State Restaurant Association released a statement saying, "Today's news is a huge blow to the restaurant industry that is desperately trying to stay afloat. Our members have put in place procedures and protocols to mitigate the spread, and we'll continue to do so to ensure the safety of our employees and patrons. We understand the logic behind micro-cluster restrictions, but at this time we have concerns about blanket statewide restrictions like this."


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