Cuomo to allow NYC indoor dining at 25% capacity on Sept. 30
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that New York City restaurants may open for indoor dining at 25% capacity beginning Sept. 30 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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The announcement, which comes with a laundry list of regulations on how dining rooms may be reopened, comes after restaurant owners warned of layoffs and closures with colder weather on the horizon.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said later that if the five boroughs hit a 2% COVID-19 positivity rate, the city will "immediately reassess."
Cuomo, during a press conference Wednesday, acknowledged the “economic benefit” of restaurants being opened and the “economic pressure” the industry has faced amid the pandemic.
“A restaurant is not just the restaurant owner, its the kitchen staff, wait staff, there is a whole industry around restaurants,” Cuomo said Wednesday. “And restaurants also pose a possible risk, concentration of people inside with indoor dining.”
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Cuomo said that the majority of the state of New York is serving customers indoors at restaurants at 50% capacity, but noted that he has seen “a cluster of outbreaks from restaurants.”
“We knew compliance was lacking in New York City,” Cuomo said, explaining why New York City has been closed for indoor dining. “That was a reason for caution.”
“We’re now announcing 25% with indoor dining, with certain restrictions on Sept. 30,” Cuomo said.
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Cuomo explained that there will be “temperature checks at the door,” and that “one member of each party” will be required to leave contact information so that the restaurant can conduct “contact tracing” if there is an outbreak related to the restaurant.