New Yorkers are being told they are being forced to pay $12.75 for a “takeout food.”
That’s the price for the daily fare that’s included with the food they’re allowed to bring into the city.
“We can’t serve them in a restaurant that isn’t open for business,” said one of the restaurant’s owners, who asked not to be identified.
The city has yet to provide any data on how many takeout restaurants in New York City are being shuttered, but reports have suggested it’s not as many as many people think.
The New York Times reported this week that more than 100 restaurants in the city are expected to close, with the city’s top restaurants slated to be the hardest hit.
The Times cited people who spoke with the Times on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private business.
The restaurant owners also say they have received death threats and have had police come by the restaurant and the people inside it at least once to harass them.
Many New Yorkers who are affected by the shutdown said they don’t have any plans to reopen, despite having food in the restaurant.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” said Niki, a 29-year-old mother of two from New York.
“But if the government says you have to pay, then I’ll pay.”
“We’re going to lose our jobs,” said John, a 55-year old father of two who lives in New Jersey.
“There are so many things that are going to go down.
They’re going have to find other ways of getting food.”
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said that if he ordered a takeout meal from a restaurant, he’d pay for it.
“People are paying what they can afford to pay,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“In fact, they’re not going to pay for the food at all.”
But New York’s Food Services Department said in response to The New Yorker’s report that there is no minimum wage law that requires restaurants to provide food.
The department said it is still working to determine how many New York restaurants will close.
The report came as the New York State Department of Labor and Industry, which oversees food services in the state, issued a statement that said the Department “does not believe there is a minimum wage requirement for takeout meals.”
“While we do not have a specific wage rate, we believe that an hourly wage rate is reasonable,” the statement said.
“Therefore, a minimum hourly wage of $15.00 will be paid to any employee who provides takeout service, whether the meal is provided in person or online.”
A spokesman for the New Yorkers Restaurant Association said the organization will continue to protest the closures, as it does every year.
“It’s a small business owner, they need to be paid, but they don’ have a job,” said the association’s president, James M. DeCarlo.
“The New Yorkers should not be forced to work for free, but the government should be held accountable.”