Although times are temporarily tough, businesses are holding onto hope. “Some of our cashiers are doing deliveries, some of our servers are doing deliveries, we’re beefing up those operations,” said Crews who is also a manager at Owego Originals. “Give them a call, buy them a gift certificate, tell your friends to do the same thing and take good care of yourself,” said Curatolo. Owego Originals offers free lunch to students up to 12th grade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. “This is who we are. This is our identity. So this isn’t just a matter of taking a dip in business or a dip in sales, this is a matter of us just remembering who we are, supporting our small businesses, and just bouncing back as soon as we can,” said Owego Historic Marketplace president Brad Crews. Shops and restaurants have had to cut hours, as well as workers. “Whether it’s restaurants, gift shops, whatever, come out and support them either through gift certificates, things you’re going to buy, buy something for somebody else who is struggling right now. Those are the important pieces,” said Owego Kitchen owner Ike Lovelass. But in the meantime, there are some things you can do to help while following the restrictions in place. Despite the changes business owners are facing, they are still serving the community and giving back. OWEGO (WBNG) — Earlier this week, the state announced restaurants and bars would be suspending dine-in operations, while capacity restrictions were placed on other businesses. Owego Kitchen offered free family dinners to people in the area on Tuesday afternoon and says it has plans to continue. It’s especially true for the Village of Owego. “Day one they were communicating about what they can do for the community. And I think that’s really telling about why we should feed small businesses, help them sustain themselves, because they are the first ones to give back to the community when we need it,” said Crews. As the coronavirus spreads and more limits are put into place, it’s having its impact on local businesses here in the Southern Tier. “Small businesses are affected extremely and it hits them faster. Faster than large corporations obviously. Some of them will not survive,” said The Goat Boy owner Lisa Curatolo. “Just generosity in this community is why we settled here. It’s incredible the community support. If you think of this village, two floods in two years, 90% of the village underwater, and it’s come out stronger than ever and we hope truly that it will be the same thing here,” said Ike and Julie Lovelass. “It’s heart-wrenching because I know a lot of our employees have kids and while the kids are being taken care of through the schools and the food, it’s such a stressful time. Mortgages need to be paid, the trickle down effect of this is overwhelming,” said Owego Kitchen owner Julie Lovelass. You can also take advantage of take-out and delivery services. Some restaurants in the village, like Owego Kitchen and Las Chicas Taqueria also have online-ordering systems to make things more convenient.
Some clubs, including City, have argued that the FFP rules favour the rich, established clubs because they effectively prevent wealthy owners taking over a club and pumping in huge sums of money over a short period. That scenario happened with City and Paris St Germain and both were handed £49million fines and transfer restrictions last season, and the European Clubs’ Association has been putting pressure on UEFA for a change. UEFA president Michel Platini has revealed that some of the rules will be “eased” – and the lawyer leading one of the legal challenges against the FFP system has welcomed the move. Platini told French radio station RTL: “The world is two-faced but we will say this openly: I think we’ll ease things, but it will be the executive committee who will decide if it is to be eased and the outcome will be known by the end of June. “I think the regulations have been very good and it is the clubs who voted for FFP. “But the French press say it is not right that [Chelsea owner Roman] Abramovich can buy many players and in France they can not buy them. But if the Qataris had bought AC Milan the French would also say we should make financial fair play even tougher.” One source close to the negotiations told Press Association Sport: “Many clubs want change – the current system means those who have more will always have more, and those who have less will always have less.” Jean-Louis Dupont, the lawyer leading the legal action against UEFA, said in a statement: “We welcome the announcement of a change in the rules in line with the demands expressed by our clients in their various legal actions. Press Association “When the exact content and scope of these changes are known, we will consider with our clients how this development, which on first sight appears favourable, is likely to meet their legitimate expectations and influence the conduct of ongoing actions.” Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak last year claimed that history would prove that his model of heavy investment in the club at all levels is the right one. Khaldoon said in May: “We have zero debt. We don’t pay a penny to service any debt. For me, that is a sustainable model. However, our friends at UEFA seem to believe otherwise. “They have their view, we have ours. I disagree with their views, but we are pragmatic and one thing our fans need to know, we will do, as always, what is best for this club and the fans.” UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said talks on changes to the rules were still going on. He said in a statement: “Consultation remains ongoing and a number of amendments have been discussed. Any potential changes to the existing regulations will look to encourage more growth, more competition and market stimulation while strengthening the emphasis on controlling spending and safeguarding financial stability as our objective is and remains to ensure the sustainability of European club football. “Financial fair play has proved successful in achieving considerable improvement in the financial health of European football in a short period of time. Aggregate net losses of Europe’s clubs have fallen from 1.7billion euro in 2011 to 400million euro in 2014. “Regular review of the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations is vital in ensuring that they keep pace with the ever-changing football environment and the new challenges that this often poses. “Discussions on amendments to the regulations are ongoing and have taken place since October 2013 within the UEFA club licensing committee and also with the clubs, who are our main stakeholders in this process.” Any changes will need to be ratified by UEFA’s executive committee at its next meeting on June 29/30 in Prague. The financial fair play rules that saw Manchester City handed a huge fine by UEFA last season are set to be relaxed. UEFA is expected to announce next month that the FFP rules will be eased to allow more owner investment – a move that will aim to nullify more than 10 legal challenges that the European governing body is now facing. It will also hand a huge boost to City in terms of challenging for honours next season if restrictions on spending on transfers are watered down. It will mean owners of clubs who do make a loss will be able to cover those losses with injection of equity – but not loans.