An Albany restaurant owner and Capital Region residents react to the new CDC guidelines |

An Albany restaurant owner and Capital Region residents react to the new CDC guidelines

Jonathan Hunter
Created: May 13, 2021 11:29 PM

A local restaurant owner says the new CDC guidelines are good for business. Jason Pierce is the president of the Albany Restaurant Association. He also is the owner of Savoy Taproom. He says the new guidelines from the CDC could be a game-changer for restaurants.

As we all know the CDC says fully vaccinated people don't have to wear masks indoors and outdoors, with just s few minor exceptions. They also said fully vaccinated people can participate in activities inside and outside without social distancing. Pierce believes not having to socially distance will be important for restaurants. Even with the increased capacity, many restaurants could not operate at 100 percent because they had to account for six feet of social distancing. He says if they could set aside parts in the restaurants for fully vaccinated people, they could increase the capacity limit, opening the door for more business. Pierce believes if New York adopts the CDC guidelines, it could help revive an industry that was hit hard by the pandemic.

"With the six feet social distancing requirement, most restaurants are still operating at 50 percent. If we can set aside areas of the restaurants that are now for fully vaccinated patrons, we can get that number up to a point where restaurants can be profitable and you know bring more people back to work, pay their staff more and you know finally and hopefully get back to normal."     

"I think everyone should get vaccinated, but I know some people are opposed to it, but I think it's nice that they're lifting the restrictions on the face mask," said Jon Hammond, a Glenmont resident who came out to eat at Savoy Taproom. 

"I will still social distance with strangers at crowded places, but with my family and the people I work with that we've now been around each other for so long, now that we're all vaccinated you know we don't apply to that anymore. We hug each other more than we used to," said Rachel Hammond, an East Greenbush resident who came 

We heard earlier that Gov. Cuomo and health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker are reviewing the new guidance. Pierce is optimistic that the governor will follow the CDC recommendations. 

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