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Restaurant week has never been as crucial as it is now

When the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce holds restaurant weeks, most business owners willingly throw in their spatulas to participate. It’s a way to market their meals, ambience and more, while the chamber works to promote communities.

But never was the promotion needed more than it is now.

Restaurant weeks usually are held during the winter and summer, which are typically times of slower business. But downtime has taken on new meaning, as the coronavirus hits its seventh month, busting the incomes of many restaurants.

It’s led to innovative ways for the chamber to market food places. Its first COVID-19-era restaurant week in April was in Whitehall, and the chamber’s Jessica O’Donnell said it evolved into a “Gift Card Grab and Go Week” to encompass many businesses besides restaurants.

The chamber also held a Hellertown-Lower Saucon Area restaurant week in July and is planning one in early October for

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NY’s 50-person limit is killing hotels’ crucial event business, Marriott Syracuse owner says

Syracuse, N.Y. — New York’s 50-person limit is killing weddings and other group events that are a vital part of business at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, the city’s historic landmark hotel.

Owner Ed Riley, who brought the former Hotel Syracuse back from the dead in 2016 with an $82 million renovation, said New York’s 50-person limit on gatherings is unreasonable for venues like his that have large ballrooms and depend on weddings and other group events for their livelihood.

“These edicts come out from the state, and they’re very vague,” he said.

New York limits gatherings such as weddings, conferences and parties to 50 people as part of its effort to contain the spread of the highly contagious novel coronavirus and Covid-19, the sometimes-deadly respiratory disease it causes.

The 50-person limit applies no matter how large a function room is. That’s different than the state’s 50% rule for restaurants, which

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