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Hospitality Workers Rally in NYC: This Is ‘Choking the Life Out of Everyday People'

Anger comes amid Gov Cuomo's indoor dining ban

 on 15th December 2020 @ 10.00pm
activists gathered in the city to rally against mandatory shutdowns © press
Activists gathered in the city to rally against mandatory shutdowns

Angry workers and business owners in the restaurant industry rallied in New York City protesting Governor Cuomo's restrictions banning indoor dining.

Tens of thousands of restaurants and bars across the country closed due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

Cuomo (D) said unstable hospitalization rates in New York were the reason for the shutdown.

Outdoor dining will also shut down this week due to a winter snowstorm.

Activists gathered in the city to rally against mandatory shutdowns while demanding additional access to PPP funding as well as the trust of local governments.

“We are not the problem. We deserve to work,” one speaker said.

cuomo banned all indoor dining in the city last week indefinitely due to a rise in covid 19 cases © press
Cuomo banned all indoor dining in the city last week indefinitely due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.

One Harlem restaurant owner explained she typically employs 35-45 local residents depending on the season.

But since March, her team has been reduced by half, and she was forced to close one of her locations.

The industry leaders emphasized that they are campaigning for options to operate.

Former New York state senator, Eric Adams, said the situation is “choking the life out of everyday people in the city.”

“This city is killing us,” another speaker said.

Protesters plan to march to the governor’s office following the speeches.

new york city mayor bill de blasio voiced support for cuomo   s decision to ban indoor dining © press
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio voiced support for Cuomo’s decision to ban indoor dining

Cuomo banned all indoor dining in the city last week indefinitely due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.

And the economic costs are becoming glaringly apparent:

Just days later, Cuomo announced he was throwing a celebrity-filled birthday fundraiser with big-name Hollywood stars like Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller.

The party, which is virtual, will raise cash for Cuomo's 2022 reelection campaign.

According to the official invitation, donations range from $50 to $10,000 for the “host” level.

[READ MORE] NY Business Owners Rise Up, Kick Gov Cuomo's 'Health Inspectors' Off Property

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