Over 275 Erie County businesses hit with COVID-19 violations, according to comptroller report

Nine of those establishments were ordered closed, according to the report
Posted at 9:03 AM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 09:43:27-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — According to a report from Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, over 275 businesses in the county have been hit with COVID-19 related violations.

The report also states that nine of those establishments were ordered closed for failure to follow certain COVID-19 protocols, policies and regulations.

Restaurants forced to close for “operating indoor services against NYS EO” were
• AJ’s in Clarence
• Eden Memorial VFW Post #8265 in Eden
• Gabel’s Bar in Buffalo
• Swannie House in Buffalo
• The Original Warehouse in Blasdell

Restaurants forced to close for “Overcrowding and lack of social distancing” were
• The Cowboy in Buffalo

Restaurants forced to close for “server failed to wear mask while in direct contact with public” were
• Kaz’s in Blasdell

In the report released Monday morning, the comptroller says Erie County Department of Health inspectors found violations in at least 277 businesses since the COVID-19 restrictions began, with some businesses receiving multiple violations and fines.

Mychajliw says roughly 420 violations were levied on Erie County businesses.

The violations found by the Erie County Health Department at various locations were included but not limited to the following

  • Operating indoor services against NYS rules
  • Overcrowding and/or lack of social distancing
  • Unmasked employee(s)
  • Standing while drinking/patrons served drinks when not sitting
  • Dancing without face masks
  • No food with alcohol
  • More than 50 people in attendance at function

According to the report, $15,250 in fines have been levied against local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can review the entire report here.