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Cuomo and de Blasio Sued by Bar and Restaurant Owners Over Indoor Dining Ban

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are being sued by restaurant and bar owners over indoor dining bans because of COVID-19 rates.

The indoor dining ban took effect in mid-December, however, outdoor dining, take out and deliveries are still allowed.

A group of restaurant and bar establishment owners filed the federal class-action lawsuit against Cuomo and de Blasio on Christmas day and the lawsuit argues indoor dining will “save lives.”

The New York Post reports:

“We ask for indoor dining to resume to save lives – not to risk them,” the Greater New York Merchants Alliance argues in a Manhattan federal court case filed on Christmas.

Also argued in the lawsuit is the COVID-19 state contact tracing data, where 1.43 percent of known exposure account from bars and restaurants versus exposure within homes and social gatherings at 73.84 percent.

The lawsuit argues more and more people will gather in homes and apartments and contends this will contribute to the spread of the virus due to the indoor dining ban and also cites, “There is no science or subsection of the New York or United States constitution that supports this dystopian edict.”

With the holiday season essentially over, the indoor dining ban fell within the window of restaurants’ busiest and lucrative time of year through parties, catering, and indoor dining celebrations.

Prior to the indoor dining ban, restaurants, and their suppliers were already struggling to keep their doors open due to the pandemic.

Cuomo and de Blasio are ignoring their state’s COVID-19 data and are punishing New Yorkers over this directive.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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