Ruling allows Erie County restaurants to reopen for indoor dining, Monroe County is unclear

Veneto was one of two establishments in the Rochester area named Andrew Como of Gow, targeted to the state and Erie County Department of Health.

“It’s a big win, for both of us, for our employees, for our employees, and, as far as I think, we’re taking a stance,” Swartz said.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of 90 Buffalo area restaurants and the injunction clearly applies to them.

It is unclear whether this applies to Veneto, and the judge’s ruling specifically excludes Robies, another local restaurant in Greece, specifically because it is not in Erie County and the Munro County Health Department’s name in the suit Is not.

Buffalo’s attorney Corey Hogan said, “There will be some more conversations, clashing, whatever will be done to better understand that part,”.

Lawyers for the restaurant say they will work on making sure the Rochester area includes other restaurants, which can take a few weeks. But they are also hopeful that the verdict may get the attention of Governor Cuomo.

“But it’s also something that could happen,” Hogan said, “if the governor took a look at things and said I’m going to remove those restrictions. People are not asking all that much.”

The Rochester Chapter of the State Restaurant Association says the decision could open floodplains for businesses wishing to fight well.

Rochester President Kelly Metras said, “Of course I think you’re going to look at lawsuits coming from all communities that are in the same position, especially now that a judge has approved it. ” Chapter of New York Restaurant Association.

The injunction is only temporary, and Hogan plans to go to court to return the arguments to make it permanent on 19 January. Until the Orange Zone ban for all restaurants in the state was lifted.

“If he is unequivocally adamant that he holds the case without any reason, then we will have no choice but to proceed through the courts,” Hogan said.

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Republican Majority Leader Steve Bray of the Monroe County Legislature issued the following statement on the issue:

“The initial injunction issued in the lawsuit against Governor Quomo and New York State is a welcome step to allow some Orange Zone restaurants to reopen for indoor dining. Orange zone policy has no ‘rational basis’ as ruling states. ” Although these select restaurants will be allowed to reopen, hundreds more will remain closed. The restrictions of the Orange Zone and the arbitrary zones enforced by Governor Cuomo should be amended immediately and today’s decision proves this. “

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