Pete’s Legacy Diner voices frustration with county health alerts

first_imgShe added the health department is now looking for collaboration in helping identify people for contact tracing purposes. The co-owner told 12 News Pete’s Legacy Diner will be installing a new air ventilation system in the coming weeks to go along with other safety measures currently in place. But after the Broome County Health Department issued a health alert regarding the diner last Thursday, co-owner John Metritikas said business is even slower. “We are going to try and work with local businesses to see if there is a better way to keep track of who was in their business,” she said. “We’re actually trying to create a card right now that we’ll email out to all the local restaurants to see if they’re interested in using.” “I would do anything the health department asks to keep people safe. That’s just the bottom line,” he said. “We still all have to pull together. The best way to protect everybody is to protect yourself. Despite the tough times and frustration, Metritikas is open to ideas that keep his customers safe. “I think singling Pete’s out, along with all these other small businesses, is just wrong,” Cassin said. “We’re all in this together, let’s get through it together.” The Broome County Health Department says pushing the alerts out is part of protocol. This sentiment also felt by customer Tom Cassin of Endicott. “Anyone who knows the business knows you can’t make your money with half the seats to start with,” he said, regarding the 50 percent capacity of the restaurant. “When [the health department] announced somebody who tested positive ate here, we started doing about half of that.” “Every time they hang somebody out like that, everybody is affected,” he said. “We felt a lot of frustration in out of all these places these positive-case people have been, they just decided to single out one restaurant. We were aggravated.” Rebecca Kaufman, director of the Broome County Health Department, says it’s nothing personal, but its for the safety of all county residents. Metritikas, who has co-owned the restaurant with his family for 13 years, said he felt like Pete’s was being singled out. The card will allow for businesses to take the names, phone numbers and time of visits for customers within stores, shops and restaurants. VESTAL (WBNG) – Pete’s Legacy Diner has seen a drop in business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kaufman pointed out a pattern in the health alerts in which they generally deal with public places where people are closer together for an extended period of time, like restaurants, bars and churches. “Our point of a health alert is to let people know, at that moment in time, you were potentially exposed,” Kaufman said. “In no way does it mean to not go to that business any longer.”last_img

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