Editor's Note: The following is user generated. At the meeting Friday morning, the Village said all food and alcohol sales must stop at 10 p.m. tonight. Further discussions will be had on whether or not food sales may be extended and this will be announced tomorrow
We are sending this to inform you of the Village's current position and policy on the reopening of businesses downtown. Please note the following:
- The Building Department has determined that it is NOT SAFE to allow a business to open when permanent power has not yet been restored. Although generators may be used to power some of restaurant equipment, these business still do not have permanent fire protection, lighting, exit lighting, etc. Therefore, business should wait until permanent power is restored before reopening. Generators can be used to feed plug in fridges or freezers to maintain food stores for the business owner. The generators should not be placed inside the building or anywhere the fumes can find their way into the building.
- As a matter of public safety, the Village Board, in consultation with the Orangetown Police has determined that it is prudent to suspend alcohol sales for a few days. This restriction will likely be lifted once street lights and traffic signals are restored to Main Street.
- The curfew that was in effect for Halloween night is being changed. Restaurants may now be open til 10 PM and are being asked to stop serving at 10 PM. This will allow residents and visitors to eat dinner, but also respect the fact that it is still dangerous to be on the streets late after dark.
- We will inform you as soon as the temporary restrictions are lifted. We understand that these restrictions are not good for business. But we also believe that each of you, as concerned citizens, will respect the Village Board's and Orangetown Police Department's judgment in trying to make our recovery as safe and swift as possible.
- With regard to emergency funding from the Federal Government, FEMA is in the process of responding. Businesses may be eligible to receive funding for lost product (due to spoiling in coolers and freezers) or damage to property. All business owners should take photos, retain receipts, and document their losses. Below is a link to FEMA programs for New York. Likely, we will hear more soon.
Please Note: every day at 11 a.m. Mayor Jen White will hold a Village Conference on the steps of Village Hall at 9 North Broadway. All are welcome to attend for the latest updates.
Thank you for your patience during this historic tragedy. If we work together, we will speed our recovery and be able to return to full operation soon
Nyack Chamber of Commerce
Scott Baird, President