The Empire State Restaurant and Tavern Association, which lobbies for restaurant and bar owners, is urging the state to allow restaurants to reopen sooner — in Phase 2 — according to plans submitted to Empire State Development last week and released to the public Tuesday.

As New York state reopens its economy in phases, restaurants are currently slated to be back in business during Phase 3, which at its earliest would not arrive until July on Long Island. For an association that represents 3,000 restaurants and bars across the state, that’s not early enough.

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