Two WNY Bars Shut Down for Not Obeying Takeout-Only Policy
Two bars were shut down here in WNY for disobeying the governor's coronavirus policy on restaurants.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz acted on tips that the bars were still operating, even though orders have been put in place for restaurants to only serve takeout or delivery, according to WGRZ.
"They (Erie County Department of Health) received tips that local establishments were operating in violation of the governor's orders, acting as if it was business as usual." ~ Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
Authorities ordered A.J.'s Clarence Hollow, located at 10250 Main Street in Clarence and Swannie House, located at 170 Ohio Street in Buffalo, to close after violating the regulations. The New York State Liquor Authority has also been made aware of the violation. They sent undercover sanitarians in to place orders from each of the bars.
"In these instances we saw that people were ordering food and drink at the restaurants, we had a sanitarian place an order and once they were able to purchase that food to consume in the facility we had the evidence." ~ Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein
The regulations were put in place on March 16 by New York Governor Andre Cuomo to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
"These regulations are in place for a deadly serious reason, and bars and restaurants that are open in violation of the law are putting their customers and their employees at risk. This is unacceptable and we will shut you down." ~ Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz