If live music is allowed comedy should be too!

If live music is allowed comedy should be too!

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Vincent Paulino started this petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo

Did you know that stand-up comedy is entirely banned in New York State? It’s true! Even though restaurants, gyms, bowling alleys, and schools have been allowed to re-open, stand-up comedy is still specifically banned.

The Current guidelines:

“If offering music, indoors or out, all relevant aspects of the respective Department of Health guidance dining must be followed, e.g., patrons should not be standing except for necessary reasons (e.g., restroom, entering/exiting), standing patrons should wear face coverings, etc. Performers should be at least 12 feet from patrons. 

All other forms of live entertainment, such as exotic dancing, comedy shows, etc., are not permissible currently regardless of phase.”

Here is an excerpt from the NYS Liquor Authorities website re-opening Q&A section:

Q: I am a bar/restaurant owner that has a method of operation that allows for live entertainment, e.g., exotic dancing, comedy shows, karaoke etc., can I provide live entertainment currently?

A: No, generally incidental music the only form of live entertainment which is permissible in a bar/restaurant setting currently (in any phase of New York Forward)

In other words, incidental live music is allowed to continue, but stand-up comedy is not. We want more than anything to re-open and continue to provide high-quality live comedy in the safest way possible. This is why we have started this petition. We want Governor Cuomo to reconsider this blanket arbitrary ban on all comedy. We believe that if music is allowed, stand-up should be as well. We believe that it can be done safely and we are willing to put any procedures in place to do so given the opportunity. Please help save our business'! 

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