In one more signal of the “inequity” of New York’s lockdown, the producers of “Saturday Night time Stay” defied the spirit of the legal guidelines to get themselves a live audience last week.
This, at the same time as (for instance) the State Liquor Authority’s arbitrary and unpredictable enforcement has some bars and eating places screaming that they’re slammed for violations far much less severe that what’s happening, with out SLA motion, only a block or two away.
For its Season 48 premiere, “SNL” dodged the principles that say indoor audiences have to be not more than 100 folks or 25 p.c of capability, whichever is decrease — by paying folks $150 to look at the present dwell, and so technically qualifying them as “paid forged, crew or staff,” who’re exempt from the rule.
“’SNL’ has confirmed that they adopted the reopening steerage,” Well being Division spokesman Jonah Bruno advised The Publish. Actually?
Fantastic, the viewers social-distanced and wore masks for the entire present. However it’s nonetheless an outrage when metropolis eating places solely received to begin indoor eating on Sept. 30, and at simply 25 p.c capability.
Practically 90 p.c of bars, eating places, golf equipment and occasion areas within the 5 boroughs couldn’t pay their rents in August.
That the state let “SNL” create its personal loophole within the COVID-19 guidelines is an insult to the various companies getting ready to destruction.