Governor Andrew Cuomo made some announcements on Sunday during a press conference and one announcement was a welcomed one for restaurant owners in New York State, Buffalo and Western New York.

According to WKBW, Governor Cuomo announced that restaurants in New York State that are not in New York City, can increase capacity to 75 percent starting on March 19th. That would include Western New York. The current capacity limit is 50 percent capacity, which includes Erie County.

The New York State legislature passed a new law last week, limiting Governor Cuomo’s executive powers; Cuomo says he intends to sign the legislation today.

That means that when the governor announces changes such as this publicly, lawmakers have five days to comment on the changes. If they don’t like them, the legislature can vote down the executive order.

Both Connecticut and Massachusetts have recently announced they’re reopening restaurants at 100 percent capacity. It remains to be seen when New York can reopen at full capacity for its restaurants.

Cuomo stated on Sunday that 2 million people in the state have been fully vaccinated.

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It’s great to see things slowly but surely getting back into the swing of normalcy. We’re still not there, obviously, but this is all very encouraging and hopefully things improve drastically by the summer.

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