Restaurants react to news capacity restrictions will be lifted soon

Patrick Moussignac
Created: May 03, 2021 06:46 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — COVID-19 curfew restrictions are about to ease in New York. That's good news for the restaurant industry that's been hit hard by the pandemic.

News10NBC talked to one restaurant owner who says until all restrictions are lifted, independently owned restaurants will still suffer.

Even as more and more people are comfortable eating out again they will still have to deal with a 6-feet social distancing rule that doesn't appear will go away anytime soon.

Smaller-sized restaurants like Roam Cafe on Park Avenue will take any easing of restrictions. Owner Drew Nye says even though the midnight outdoor dining curfew will be lifted on May 17, and the indoor curfew is lifted at the end of the month, that really only helps bars. Most places don't serve food that late to begin with.

On May 19, the State's current 75% rule will jump to 100%, but with the caveat of 6 foot distancing Nye says that presents a lot of challenges.

"I feel like a lot of rules and restrictions that have been put in place are very arbitrary. You know anytime they can lift it we are all for that simply because, you know I feel like there's a little bit of guesswork involved, not necessarily led by science," Nye said.

Despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control says that plastic barriers are ineffective in preventing spread, the State says they're an option where 6-foot distancing isn't possible if restaurants want to open up entirely.

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