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Restaurants continue to cope with restrictions

It's been about a week since Governor Cuomo issued an executive order restricting restaurants to just take out or delivery.

Posted: Mar 21, 2020 6:30 PM

UTICA, N.Y. ---It's been about a week since Governor Cuomo issued an executive order restricting restaurants to just take out or delivery.

An order that forced many businesses to take drastic measures such as cutting staff in order to make ends meet. 

Swifty's in downtown Utica is one of those businesses that is still adjusting to the transition.

"It's a different world that we live in today than we did two weeks ago. Its been a big change for everybody and it seems the community and everybody that I talk to is being pretty good about using good practice and hygiene to prevent this from spreading," said Swifty's Owner David Wood.

Wood said that they did have to make cuts to staff, but said that is only temporary.

"We have given the staff the opportunity to either go ahead and apply for unemployment or work the hours that we can give them and we can sustain. It's their choice, we're not making it mandatory. But we certainly want them to do what's right for them and their family," said Wood.

But Wood said the day these restrictions end, can't come soon enough.

"Oh my god it would be great if it was tomorrow, but we know it won't be. When the flood gates open, then it will be a great day it will be like prohibition ending," said Wood.

Swifty's said that all of their menu items are available for takeout.

If you would like to see other restaurants in our area that are offering takeout, here's the link.

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