PROCLAMATION OF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE TOWN OF GRAND ISLAND

PROCLAMATION OF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE TOWN OF GRAND ISLAND 
JOHN C. WHITNEY – TOWN SUPERVISOR

 WHEREAS, on January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization designated the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern;

WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, United States Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency for the entire United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19;

WHEREAS, cases of COVID-19 continue to occur in Erie County, and more are expected to continue;

WHEREAS, the Governor has declared a Disaster Emergency in the State of New York and the County Executive has declared a State of Emergency for Erie County; and 

WHEREAS, the Town of Grand Island is addressing the threat that COVID-19 poses to the health, safety, and welfare of its residents and visitors;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, John C. Whitney, Town Supervisor of the Town of Grand Island, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Laws of the State of New York, hereby find, pursuant to Section 24(1) of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, that there is a public emergency in the Town of Grand Island and that the public safety is imperiled thereby, and hereby declare a local state of emergency within the Town of Grand Island, effective immediately;

IN ADDITION, this declaration shall remain in effect for 30 days, unless earlier rescinded; 

FURTHER, I hereby issue an emergency order that all provisions of the Town of Grand Island Code which would restrict or require review and/or approval for outdoor dining, including but not limited to, Section 407-162, are hereby suspended to allow the following:  Existing restaurants that had been operating immediately prior to the Governor’s NY Pause orders may utilize outdoor seating in connection with their operations provided, however, that the Code Enforcement Officer reviews, for safety, the specific location proposed for outdoor dining and grants approval (which may only be withheld if there is a customer safety concern), and applicable state guidance is followed regarding social distancing (use of masks, tables located 6 feet away from each other, etc.).  This suspension is temporary and is in response to the pandemic.  No use of land pursuant to this order shall create any vested right to continue any operations upon expiration or rescission of this order.   

IN ADDITION, additional emergency orders may be issued in light of further developments in responding to this disaster, pursuant to Section 24, Article 2-B of the Executive Law. 

GIVEN, this 7th day of June, 2021.

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