In a news release, the mayor said it’s important that city residents continue to follow the virus-safety guidelines. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David is directing city police and fire departments to increase COVID-19 occupancy checks at bars and restaurants. Mayor David’s directive comes one day after Broome County reported its highest number of active cases. “The departments will proactively visit every restaurant and tavern in the city with the goal of promoting compliance and keeping the community safe,” he said. City police and fire officials are conducting the compliance checks “multiple times” a week, the city says. This includes weekends. The Binghamton Fire Marshall’s office is coordinating the effort. In addition to this, all employees must wear masks and guests must wear masks when not seated. Current virus safety guidelines demand restaurants must limit indoor-capacity to 50% of their normal maximum occupancy with six feet between tables. Occupancy checks began in the spring. You can report violations at businesses by calling the New York State COVID-19 Enforcement hotline at 1-833-789-0470 or by visiting the state health website by clicking here.
Binghamton to ramp up virus occupancy checks amid elevated cases