Officials say ban on polystyrene during COVID19 pandemic would hurt takeout businesses

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NEW YORK (WETM) — New York State lawmakers are trying to stop democratic officials from adding new regulations to the state budget plan.

The New York budget plan must be complete by April 1st. Democratic legislators are pushing to ban polystyrene packaging materials that are used by restaurants. Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, many food businesses are only permitted to use take-out and delivery methods.

Some Republicans say this ban would hurt food businesses even more.

Below is a statement from Senate Republican Leader, John J. Flanagan:

Many New Yorkers are staying home and making major sacrifices for the health and well-being of others, particularly those most vulnerable to the worst outcomes of the coronavirus. But we should be killing the virus, not the economy.

Democrats intend to include policy in their budget, including a ban on polystyrene packaging material used by restaurants already under tremendous strain because of the coronavirus crisis. Democrats might forget it is the restaurants that are trying to keep their kitchens open, and are feeding New Yorkers by delivering meals. They don’t need any additional rules heaped on them.

Not only is a new regulation on restaurants tone deaf, but polystyrene, a recyclable material, is manufactured in New York State, and this ban will result in the loss of 2,000 good paying jobs when we should be saving every job possible.

The Senate Republican Conference raised similar issues over the green and unclean plastic bag ban adopted under One-Party Rule, and enforcement has now been pushed until May. To help the health and well-being of our front line supermarket workers, it should be suspended for the duration of the crisis.

The Senate Republican Conference urges Democrats to drop their job-killing proposals and regulations, as well as all unnecessary burdens on restaurants and businesses at a time when the Department of Labor’s website is crashing. Let’s work to protect public health and keep as many people in their full-time jobs as possible.

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