Restaurant owners deal with cancellations due to COVID-19 concerns

Dr. Adrian Popp, chief of infectious disease at Huntington Hospital, suggests people who still want to gather make groups smaller and have everyone tested with rapid home tests before they come together to celebrate.

News 12 Staff

Dec 20, 2021, 8:46 PM

Updated 849 days ago

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Business owners are growing concerned as a spike of COVID-19 cases across the state is causing reservations and catering orders to be canceled.
Holiday plans were all set for many New Yorkers before a recent rise in the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus.
A lot of New Yorkers still don’t know what they are doing for Christmas due to the rise in cases.
“My son is home, and his family has COVID,” says Woodbury resident Candace Bartlett. “And they’re getting over it, they’re quarantining. We’re not quite sure what we’re doing for Christmas.”
Now, party spaces and restaurants are seeing a lot of cancellations.
Anthony Laurino of Phil’s Pizzeria and Restaurant says a lot of office and holiday parties are canceling their catering orders.
“They’re like canceling because somebody came down with COVID or the company they work for is restricting them from doing that,” Laurino says.
Dr. Adrian Popp, chief of infectious disease at Huntington Hospital, suggests people who still want to gather make groups smaller and have everyone tested with rapid home tests before they come together to celebrate.
Popp says the transmissibility of the omicron variant is a lot higher than delta so vaccinated people can still be infected. However, he says the likelihood of them developing a severe disease is a lot less.


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