The father of Lady Gaga has joined NYC restaurant owners suing Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo for $2 billion in damages over continued indoor dining ban amid the pandemic.
While indoor dining is allowed in the state except for New York City, Gov. Cuomo says he won’t let NYC reopen its restaurants for indoor dining until there is a concrete scheme to make sure they are following rules to reduce the spread of the disease.
But as of Thursday, more than 400 restaurant owners in NYC had filed lawsuits against the city and the state.
Joe Germanotta, the owner of Joanne Trattoria restaurant and the father of Lady Gaga, says outdoor dining is not a long-term solution.
“When it rains we gotta close. Once it starts getting cold, the place will be empty,” he told Pix11.
Germanotta also told Fox News: “Once the weather gets cold we are pretty much out of business.”
“It’s so sad, because I’m watching some of my dear friends that own places, shut down,” Germanotta expressed.
“Something has to be done. They’re not listening, they’re not hearing, they’re just not being realistic. They gotta put themselves in our shoes, they’re still getting a paycheck, these people are suffering.”
Germanotta added: “Without the indoor dining I am just about breaking even, which is fine, it’s a family run business but it is going to be tight, especially when winter hits.
“The whole situation affects the entire supply chain. It will affect the governor and the city and the tax base. We have taken the precautions. I was ready on July 6.”
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