“RYAN MCMAHON HOPEFUL ONONDAGA COUNTY ENTERS PHASE 4 THIS WEEK”
By Trish Kilgannon Central NY Spectrum News June 22, 2020
“With these numbers, many Central New York businesses have reopened from the coronavirus shutdown, and more industries could open later this week. Questions remain around wedding receptions, graduations, and other get-togethers.”
“For weddings, certainly the 25 percent capacity with churches, we’re hoping that will increase in Phase 4. And they’ll be more guidance for some of these gatherings because we’re getting to the point where the data merits it. The data merits us to be together in ways where we’re responsible.”
“REOPENING NY: PHASE FOUR COULD HAPPEN IN SYRACUSE AREA IN 14 DAYS, MCMAHON SAYS”
Updated Jun 12, 2020; Posted Jun 12, 2020
By Teri Weaver | and Michelle Breidenbach |
Syracuse, N.Y. -- Large weddings, concerts, golf tournaments and other mass gatherings could restart in phase four, which could happen in another two weeks, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said today.
Reopen Guidance Strategy needed for hospitality and event venue industry
Whereas, the undersigned represent the hospitality industry and the family and friends who attend weddings. We operate conference centers, venues, banquet halls, ballrooms, barns, and the vast abundance of places where people gather to celebrate, meet, and interact. We represent the myriad of service providers and users who support the business of events, from djs, bands, florists, limousines, caterers and event rentals. Our industry is currently limited to the vague "gathering" criteria of 50 people with with no guidance documents from New York State. We believe we can implement the same physical distancing, protective equipment, hygiene, cleaning, disinfection, communication, and screening best practices mandated in existing guidance documents for restaurants and bars.
As such, we petition the New York State Reopen New York Forward to issue industry-specific guidance for the hospitality industry for groups greater than 50 people.