Cuomo: We never authorized bars to re-open

Local brewery operators voice frustration
Posted at 6:43 PM, Jul 21, 2020

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking aim at bars across the state that he says are breaking rules, causing a lot of frustration for local business owners.

"We're a brewery first and it's been a challenge for all of our employees and all of our customers as the rules continue to change and evolve," said John Cimperman, Founder of 42 North Brewing Co.

Governor Cuomo warns that bars allow people to congregate and stand around, specifically the younger crowd.

"I think there's a disconnect, we never authorized bars to re-open. We didn't authorize outdoor drinking, we authorized outdoor dining," said Cuomo.

Cimperman opened a Biergarten in the back of his facility and says things have been going well.

"The rules we have in place are social distancing, stay 6 feet apart, obviously stay seated, that's a mandate when they have their beer or their food," said Cimperman.

After the Governor's clarification, Cimperman is worried about going backward.

"If we couldn't allow people to sit outdoors and come in the brewery we would go back to full time carry out and drive thru," said Cimperman.

He says he'll continue as usual until the New York State Brewer's Association tells him otherwise.