NYSDOH: 10 p.m. dining curfew will not be lifted for Saturday's Bills game

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Posted at 10:27 AM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 10:27:51-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — With the Buffalo Bills scheduled to play the Baltimore Ravens Saturday at 8:15 p.m. local elected leaders called on NYS to lift its 10 p.m. dining curfew for bars and restaurants for the day, the state has rejected that request.

The Erie County Legislature Minority Caucus sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday with the request.

Thursday a spokesperson for the New York State Department of Health released the following statement to 7 Eyewitness News:

“The fact is the CDC has specifically pointed to indoor dining as a higher-risk activity, and this policy is a commonsense way to reduce the risk of exposure. As much as we feel for restaurants in Buffalo and as much as we want to let fans watch the game at bars, we won’t sacrifice public health.”

The spokesperson also said any concession stands inside Bills Stadium must also stop serving food and beverage at 10 p.m.

Although the state will not lift the 10 p.m. dining curfew, all restaurants in Erie County's Orange Zone may now operate under Yellow Zone restrictions which allows for indoor and outdoor dining with a maximum of four people per table with at least six feet of distance between tables. Read more here.