Warning issued to bars violating occupancy rules during COVID-19 response

Posted at 11:59 AM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 12:07:11-04

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has issued a stern warning to bars, restaurants or other establishments that are disregarding a New York State mandate to limit the size of public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic and response.

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo prohibited public gatherings of over 500 people and required establishments to cut their capacity in half as the state works to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

On Sunday, Poloncarz said he is aware that many establishments in the county did not follow this directive on Saturday and he says there can and will be legal consequences for businesses that are found to be violating the rules.

The county executive says the county is prepared to have health department employees do "spot checks" at bars and restaurants and will report violations to the State Liquor Authority.