Lady Gaga’s father has joined more than 450 New York City restaurateurs suing Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio for $ 2 billion in damages for a continued ban on indoor eating amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The outdoor dining program ends October 31 and so far there are no solid plans to get people back to restaurants. Dining out is permitted in New York state with the exception of New York City, where as of Thursday 456 restaurateurs filed a class action lawsuit against the state and the city, according to reports.
Joe Germanotta, who owns Joanne Trattoria in Manhattan and is the father of pop superstar Lady Gaga, is one of them, telling Pix11, “When it rains we have to shut down. Once it starts to get cold, the place will be empty. He then told Fox News: “Once the weather gets cold, we’re pretty much bankrupt. “
New York City has seen by far the highest death toll from COVID-19 of any state in the United States, more than 32,000, but its rate of new infections has fallen to among the lowest in the country.
Germanotta said he has the support to survive but added, “It’s so sad, because I watch some of my dear friends who own places, close.
“Something has to be done. They don’t listen, they don’t hear, they just aren’t realistic. They have to put themselves in our shoes, they always get a paycheck, these people are suffering.
“Without the inside dining room I’m about to break even which is good it’s a family business but it’s going to be tight especially when winter comes around.
“The whole situation affects the entire supply chain. This will affect the governor and the city and the tax base. We took the precautions. I was ready on July 6th.
Lady Gaga’s father Joseph Germanotta, left with the singer, has joined more than 450 New York City restaurateurs suing Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio for $ 2 billion in damages for a continuing ban to eat indoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic
The outdoor dining program ends October 31 and so far there are no solid plans to get people back to restaurants. Indoor dining is permitted in New York State except New York City
In March, Germanotta was criticized for setting up a GoFundMe page to pay staff at the restaurant he shares with the pop star, as COVID-19 forced layoffs.
According to a source who spoke to PageSix, the A Star is Born actress (née Stefani Germanotta) has “no idea” that her father Joe Germanotta has pleaded publicly for $ 50,000. He eventually deleted the page.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he won’t let New York City reopen its restaurants for indoor dining until the city develops a plan to ensure it complies with regulations to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Cuomo, left, suggested that New York City could deploy police officers to ensure compliance with safety guidelines such as wearing masks and capacity limits. The mayor, right, cautioned: “The NYPD has a lot to do and it has to face so many challenges and tackle the challenges we face.”
Restaurants and bars were finally able to offer outdoor dining again on June 22 after nearly three months of closures. Those who were able to reopen their doors but were subjected to strict rules; all diners should be 6 feet apart, wear masks when not at their table, and order food with each drink served.
The governor said he believes restaurants should open in New York City, but the state does not have enough staff to monitor the city’s 27,000 restaurants.
“These institutions are in dire economic conditions,” Cuomo said in a phone call with reporters Thursday. “And we know compliance has to happen.
“We are opening restaurants, it will complicate hundreds, even thousands, of the number of establishments to monitor,” he said.
Cuomo is facing pressure from the restaurant industry, which has seen business collapse amid the pandemic and hundreds of workers seeking unemployment assistance.
The lawsuit was filed the same day New Jersey announced its intention to allow dining at 25 percent capacity starting Friday. Connecticut began allowing indoor dining at half capacity in June.
The rest of the state outside of New York City has allowed indoor dining at half capacity since June.
Joe Germanotta said: “Once it gets cold, we’re pretty much bankrupt”
Germanotta owns Joanne Trattoria in Manhattan and is the father of pop superstar Lady Gaga
The outdoor dining room at Joanne Trattoria, the restaurant opened by Lady Gaga’s family
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had hoped the city was on track to allow indoor dining at the end of June when it entered phase three of the phased reopening plan. Cuomo.
But Cuomo has announced that he will not allow indoor dining in New York City amid concerns about indoor dining fueling the spread of the coronavirus. The city has since pushed for more outdoor dining, although Cuomo has increased restrictions on bars following reports of crowds violating social distancing rules.
The restaurants, in their lawsuit against the ban on dining in New York, say the restriction lacks scientific basis and question why it is allowed so close to New York.
But public health experts have warned that eating is risky in enclosed spaces with groups of people talking loudly, sharing food, and drinking alcohol. States like Louisiana and Maryland have linked new cases to bars and restaurants.
New York is now reporting a sharp drop in hospitalizations and deaths from a peak of more than 18,000 patients with COVID-19 and well over 700 deaths per day in mid-April.
Cuomo praised New Yorkers for keeping infection rates low, contrary to expectations after the state began reopening in mid-May. New York City recorded around 9,000 positive COVID-19 tests in August, up from more than 11,700 in June, according to data from the State Department of Health.
However, the virus is not conquered. More than 9,000 COVID-19 tests were positive in New York City in the last two weeks of August, with some upstate communities facing increases in colleges and elsewhere. And New York continued to account for about half of the state’s positive cases.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday that the city would give advice to restaurants this month and that it was in “constant dialogue” with the state.
Cuomo suggested that New York City could deploy police officers to ensure compliance with safety guidelines such as wearing masks and capacity limits.
The mayor cautioned, “The NYPD has a lot to do and it faces so many challenges and struggles with the challenges we face. “