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Lockport restaurant bracing for Yellow Zone restrictions

Village Eatery Italian Bistro preparing for Yellow Zone.
Posted at 10:15 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 23:20:35-05

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced more of Niagara County would be placed in a Yellow Zone. While the State has yet to announce when that begins, businesses like the Village Eatery Italian Bistro in Lockport are already preparing.

"It was just a matter of time before we went Yellow," owner Peter Calieri said, "we are just praying and hoping we don't go Orange."

In a Yellow Zone, restaurants can still offer indoor dining but seating is restricted to four people per table. The Village Eatery Italian Bistro is fearing this is a sign of more things to come.

"It would be a nail in the coffin for a lot of small businesses around here," Calieri said.

Calieri is keeping everything clean and wiped down, but his business an only do so much. If Niagara County moves to an orange zone it would mean big problems.

"Going to have to lay off a lot of my staff heading into the holiday, and that is just hard," Calieri said, "Emotionally it's hard."

It's a situation he hopes he does not have to be in, as a 2021 fresh start is only a few weeks away.

"Hopefully 2021 is a lot better than 2020," Calieri said.