Dave Portnoy Slams New York’s Indoor Dining Ban As ‘Stealing The Right To Earn A Living’ In Twitter Rant

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Founder of Barstool Sports Dave Portnoy called New York City’s recent indoor dining ban “insanity” in a Twitter rant Friday.

Portnoy reacted to the news in real time in a roughly four-minute long video where he focused mostly on how the new ban will affect small businesses and restaurants in the city. “Politicians Are Stealing the Basic Right To Earn A Living,” Pornoy captioned his video.


“How do you expect these people to survive?,” Portnoy asked in his video. “What are people going to go out to dinner now in ice cold temperatures? It’s insanity. And this isn’t about corona or how dangerous, and the hospitals, and rising. It’s not. Listen the vaccine is right around the corner. If you’re health impaired, you’re afraid of it, you’re old- don’t go out. Stay inside for three months. The vaccine is coming, but let people decide.” (RELATED: ‘Let The People Govern Themselves’: New York City Restaurant Owner Describes Mass Business Amid Coronavirus Pandemic)

“I can’t believe in this country, what I consider the most basic right of them all, the right to earn a living, the right to earn a livelihood, is now being stolen,” he continued. “It is being stolen by a few politicians, who believe they are smarter than me and you. They believe they have the right to tell me and you how to live our lives.”

New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the ban on indoor dining Friday morning on Twitter.

“Indoor dining will close in New York City starting Monday,” Cuomo tweeted. “Hospitalizations have not stabilized, and with a rising infection rate and NYC’s density, this means that indoor dining is too high of a risk. Takeout, delivery and outdoor dining will continue.”