Lifted COVID-19 restrictions not enough according to businesses

Shannon connors fitness
Posted at 5:30 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 17:35:43-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The lifting of some restrictions for restaurants, a welcome sign for Juicy Burger Bar in Hamburg.

"It's been 11 months now so we're ready to reopen,"Juicy Burger Bar VP of Operations Heather Williams said.

The full reopening Williams was hoping for, isn't coming just yet. The biggest immediate change is restaurants can have up to 10 people at a table, up from a limit of four. The 10pm closing time remains and if you order alcohol at a bar, you still must order food.

"We are still restricted to the six-feet guideline and the capacity guideline so that doesn't really change all that much for us," Williams said.

This lack of meaningful change is something Shannon Connors of Shannon Connors fitness in Depew says she feels as well.

"I am excited that there has been some lifting in the regulations, but for my small business that is only a matter of a few people," Connors said.

Connors' gym can now operate at 33% capacity, up from 25%. She says that small change will do little to move the needle for a smaller gym like hers.

"Any money that I lost from March to November cannot be generated from going from 25% to 33%," Connors said.

Connors wants gyms to be on the same playing field as restaurants and retail as far as capacity goes

"I would be love 50% because then I could get more people in here if they were comfortable to come back," Connors continued, "we need more, we need the state to reopen the economy again so we can survive."

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