For businesses that have tried everything, crowdfunding is a novel option that wasn't available during previous downturns.
Businesses lifted out of the orange and yellow zones will revert to the statewide rules that were in place before they entered cluster zones, and must adhere to health department and NY Forward rules.
"State officials should not be surprised by complaints about the arbitrary nature of the color-coded zones imposed in order to flatten the pandemic curve," writes The News' Editorial Board.
Covid-19 restrictions have been particularly frustrating for restaurants near Bills Stadium that normally would enjoy a spinoff effect from a successful Bills season and a slate of home games with the stadium filled to capacity.
The order holds the State Liquor Authority at bay for Papi Grande’s in Amherst, Prescott’s Provisions in Tonawanda and Santora’s Pizza Pub and Grill on Transit Road in Amherst until a court hearing Feb. 26.
The department's decision is based "solely on the preliminary injunction" that 91 restaurants won from a State Supreme Court justice on Wednesday to prevent the state from enforcing Covid-19 restrictions.
State Supreme Court Justice Henry J. Nowak on Wednesday granted the restaurants' request for a preliminary injunction to prevent the state from enforcing the Covid-19 restriction.
Two Hamburg restaurants that bought plastic igloos in order to offer outdoor dining shut them down Saturday after the Erie County Health Department ruled they violated Covid-19 health regulations.
The total number of deaths for December has now risen to 385, the worst month for county deaths – by far – since the local health crisis began in March.
The state has received only 900,000 doses of the vaccine to inoculate two million health care workers.
Health inspectors will be on the lookout Saturday to make sure restaurants are following the state's Covid-19 regulations during the Bills playoff game.
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The legal action alleged that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other state officials have acted in “clear violation” of their powers during the pandemic.
Erie County has shown five consecutive days of either declining or relatively level hospitalization rates, though the numbers are still elevated compared with the spring.
It is not nearly as severe as the catastrophic job losses that the region suffered during the first wave, but over the past three weeks, nearly 15,400 local workers have lost their jobs.
A judge sided with the company in its lawsuit over its right to provide tanning services during the pandemic.
Gyms and hair salons have been rolling with the punches for months, but this time the punch went their way.
Cuomo gave gyms and salons in the county's "orange zone" the green light to reopen, with restrictions, on Friday.
It was a busy year on the retail beat as Covid flipped the world upside down and changed the way Western New Yorkers shop, sell and earn a living.
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Williamsville Central, Hamburg Central and Tonawanda City school districts are among those who announced they will reopen their schools for hybrid learning starting Monday.
The governor said if a region's seven-day average shows that within three weeks a region will hit 90% hospital capacity, the state would institute the "red zone" shutdown.
At Kaleida Health, the number of Covid-19 patients has been slowly increasing for more than a week, from 150 on Nov. 27 to 185 on Saturday.
Hospitalizations are nearly back to their levels in April and May, with 78% of hospital beds in the county occupied. Deaths are spiking too.