Cuomo’s Office Rejects Buffalo Restaurants’ Request To Stay Open Late For Bills Game

Buffalo Bills fans who want to watch Saturday’s AFC playoff game in restaurants or bars will have to catch the second half at home. New York is making no exceptions to its 10 p.m. curfew, and the Bills’ game kicks off at 8:15 EST.

“The fact is the CDC has specifically pointed to indoor dining as a higher-risk activity, and this policy is a commonsense way to reduce the risk of exposure,” a health department spokesman told the Buffalo News. “As much as we feel for restaurants in Buffalo and as much as we want to let fans watch the game at bars, we won’t sacrifice public health.”

Buffalo-area restaurants and officials had put in a request with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to lift the curfew for the divisional playoff game — but clearly to no avail.

Along with restaurants, the curfew applies to concessions stands at Bills Stadium. Per Cuomo’s office, they will also have to shut down at 10 p.m.

“The rule requiring all restaurants in New York to stop on-premises dining between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. went into effect on Nov. 11,” the Buffalo News noted. “The venues can remain open during that time for curbside pickup and delivery of food, but not alcohol.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. Everyone can pile into Target, Walmart, etc… the tens of thousands every day with no social distancing enforced but eating wings and having beers at 10:01 pm will spread COVID. Everyday, these liberal politicians push more false, lunatic directives.

  2. The best part about this is NY’s “health department” doubling down on an idiotic policy that continues shine the light on the fact that the entire “mask/distance/quarantine” was a complete failure. There is literally no evidence that any of these policies have slowed the spread of anything. Stick a clown nose on the state of NY – you are the laughing stock of the US.

  3. Will the BPD enforce the tyranny on their long suffering, fellow fans ? At a time when even Cuomo warns New York can no longer remain locked down ? (same sentiment, incidentally, suddenly from Lightfoot in Chicago)

    It’s past time for a dose of civil disobedience. If proprietors can’t find a sympathetic judge –and Bills fan– in Buffalo, we’ll GoFund your legal fees. And the publicity alone will be worth any troubles.

    This country is insane—and not in a good way.

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