Rally For Restaurant Owners Over State Mandated Closings Again

A rally was called for Sunday evening to show support for restaurant owners who will have to shudder their doors to indoor dining once again dur to rising COVID-19 indicators. The rally organized by Allerton International Merchants Association President Gene De Francis had Councilman Mark Gjonaj, Former Candidate for congress John Cummings, District Leader Irene Estrada, Community Board 11 members Joe Menta, Debra Kalikow, Bernadette Ferrara, and Veronica Castro as well as about forty other people. 

Councilman Mark Gjonaj speaking at the rally about how there was only two day notice to store owners before the indoor dining ban went into effect.

Councilman Mark Gjonaj, Chair of the Small Business Committee said “The small business owner will bear the brunt of COVID-19, by being forced to shut inside dining. The small businesses will lose the holiday business”. Councilman Gjonaj added that he will continue to fight this second ban on inside dining ion the courts. The ban on inside dining goes into effect Monday December 14th.   

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