Capital Region lawmakers reach out to financially-stressed restaurant owners

Emily DeVito & WNYT Staff
Created: September 22, 2020 01:34 PM

ALBANY - Two Capital Region state lawmakers kicked off a tour to help save restaurants. They want to speak with local restaurant owners about what they need to survive this pandemic. Owners say if restrictions continue the way they are, they won't make it through winter.

It's been a rough year for restaurant owners in New York. They were forced to shut down in March due to the pandemic. They reopened in June with strict guidelines in place.


Indoor dining remains limited to 50% capacity.

People gathered at a social distance Tuesday at Dominick Purnomo's restaurants, Yono's and DP's, on Chapel Street in Albany.
Lawmakers say they want to help owners ahead of the winter weather, since that means outdoor dining will no longer be taking place.

That includes calls to expand indoor dining to 75% capacity and the ability for the restaurants to continue the take home alcohol they've been doing.

Restaurant owners are also hoping to be able to host gatherings larger than 50 people. They're also still searching for federal aid.

Purnomo has been advocating for a bill called the Restaurants Act.

Learn more about what that bill would do by watching the video of Emily DeVito's story.

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