All restaurants in Erie County will be able to offer indoor dining at 50% capacity and no more than four people per table.,BUFFALO, N.Y. — Following a judge's ruling that WNY restaurant owners who filed a lawsuit against the state would be able to reopen under Yellow Zone restrictions; Erie County says they will apply the 'yellow zone' guidelines to all Erie County restaurants.,That means all restaurants in Erie County will be able to offer indoor dining at 50% capacity and no more than four people per table.,Judge Nowak said he understood the concern about Erie County being in an orange zone while other regions around the state like the Albany area post higher COVID rates and are not currently in any zone.,Counsel to the Governor, Kumiki Gibson, released the following statement Thursday afternoon reacting to the judge's decision:

"A court decision yesterday temporarily granted a select few restaurants located within an Orange Zone in Erie County the ability to resume indoor dining under the rules governing Yellow Zones. read more

ALBANY — New York state expanded COVID-19 vaccine distribution Tuesday to people 65 and over, increasing access to an already short supply of doses being distributed through an overtaxed system some users have found time consuming.,The state had already dramatically expanded vaccine eligibility beyond health care workers on Monday to include people 75 and older and to police officers, teachers and other key professions.,Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the lower age eligibility Tuesday, even as a state vaccine hotline was temporarily not accepting calls due to high call volumes.,Cuomo has blamed the short supply on the federal government, which he says is sending the state of more than 19 million people 300,000 doses a week.,Cuomo has warned that it will take six months to vaccinate 7 million New Yorkers if the state keeps only receiving 300,000 vaccine doses a week.