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New York's Governor Will Reopen Indoor Dining For Valentine's Day
As Valentine’s Day approaches, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced plans to re-open indoor dining at a 25% capacity, on the holiday. He will be monitoring the State’s COVID-19 infection rate very closely.
Indoor dining shutdown entirely in mid-December after restaurants were allowed to serve at 25% capacity in the fall.
“The restaurant industry is the lifeblood of New York City and the economic hardship they have endured at the hands of COVID-19 is nothing short of tragic,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement.
Restaurant owners are indifferent about the news. Many owners feel the restrictions are disgraceful as some restaurants in the outer boroughs are already operating at 50 percent.
New York City’s infection rates have been declining. Gov. Cuomo is now trying to focus on rebuilding the city’s economy. He also announced that marriage receptions will be able to resume in early March.
Events, however, must be approved by the local health department, be within state guidance restrictions and comply with a 50 percent capacity limit. All people attending must be tested prior to the event.