Blaze News – New York State lawmakers are hoping to compel businesses through government force to stay open seven days per week even if they don’t wish to do so.
The Rest Stop Restaurant Act would force any businesses along the New York State Thruway to stay open every day of the week to accommodate travelers.
The Thruway is a system of highways that spans approximately 570 miles across the state of New York. It operates under its own authority, the New York State Thruway Authority.
The new bill would require companies that provide food and beverage services along the Thruway, as well as the Port Authority in New York and New Jersey, to keep their doors open as the government sees fit.
New York state Assemblyman Tony Simone (D) called it “ridiculous” that a business would be able to close its doors of its own accord.
“It’s Sunday, Christmas Eve … thousands of New Yorkers are traveling to their families to find restaurants at rest areas across the state,” Assemblyman Simone said, according to WTEN.
“The Thruways are meant to serve New York travelers first,” the assemblyman continued. “I think it’s ridiculous that you’re able to close on Sunday, one of the busiest travel days of the week,” he added.
Of course, this would affect popular restaurant Chick-fil-A, which has six locations along the Thruway, according to WOUR. The central New York radio station raised the same issue in March 2023 …