This morning, Andy joined ‘Mornings with Maria’ to discuss the state of the restaurant industry in New York City. When Maria asked Andy his thoughts on a recent New York Post article stating that as many as half of all NYC restaurants and bars may close for good due to the pandemic, Andy said, “You’re risking $10.7 billion in salaries for these employees and there’s $23 billion in sales that the government could tax. This is a huge hit for New York and it’s a huge hit for the employees in New York who depend on these restaurant jobs for their survival, so it’s a very bad situation. The governor and the mayor need to let these restaurants open up with increased capacity.”
Andy then argued that for restaurants to stay in business for the duration of the pandemic in NYC, they should lift constraints. “We’re at 25% capacity in New York; it should be 50%. [At] 50%, you might be able to make it for another few months,” said Andy. In conclusion, he added that nearly everywhere else in the U.S. is operating at 50% and feels that NYC isn’t open at the same capacity due to politics rather than safety concerns.
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