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Business owners hope 10 p.m. closure restriction can be lifted for Bills game this weekend

How about an extension to the state’s limit on dining and bars for the weekend? What about one night?

That’s what local officials are asking for ahead of the Bills’ playoff game this weekend. It’s happening on Saturday, but because of the state’s 10 p.m. closure mandate on bars and restaurants for indoor dining and service – patrons would not be able to see the second half of the game.

Sports bar owners say things have been slow over the last several months, even with the Bills having an extraordinary year.

“Two weeks ago, it was the first time they were interested,” Fritz Sierk, owner of At The Coach in Webster told News10NBC. “And we actually had some kind of crowd. And we kicked them out at 10 o’clock. It was awful.”

Local officials in Western New York are calling for a temporary lift on the 10 p.m. closure mandate.