Andrew Cuomo reinstates indoor dining in New York City -- but restrictions apply

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed that President Donald Trump "caused" the coronavirus outbreak in New York by not banning travel from Europe sooner.

Posted: Sep 9, 2020 3:38 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2020 4:30 PM


New York City restaurants will be allowed to resume indoor dining, with strict restrictions.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that restaurants can restart indoor dining on September 30, but they will be limited to operating at 25% capacity.

'Because the compliance has gotten better, we can now take the next step,' Cuomo said in a press conference on Wednesday.

Restaurants will have to abide by other rules including temperature-checking guests at the door, enhanced filtration, and one member of each party providing contact information for tracing purposes. They will have to close at midnight and bars will remain closed, but will be open for wait staff only.

The announcement comes after many restaurants have been struggling to stay afloat after being forced to shutter in March during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly 64% of restaurateurs said they are likely or somewhat likely to close by the end of this year unless they receive financial relief, according to a survey of more than 1,000 restaurant owners conducted by the New York State Restaurant Association. Roughly 55% of those restaurant owners who said they are likely to close said they expect to shut down before November.

'I understand the economic pressure they've been under,' Cuomo said. 'A restaurant is not just the restaurant owner, its the kitchen staff, wait staff, there is a whole industry around restaurants. And restaurants also pose a possible risk, concentration of people inside with indoor dining.'

Cuomo noted that the state of New York had set a deadline of November 1 to reassess if the state will allow up to 50% capacity in New York City restaurants. The double in capacity for indoor dining is contingent upon the infection rate staying below its current rate of 0.91% across the state, Cuomo said. The rate has remained under 1% for 33 days consecutively, the governor added.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio nodded to Cuomo's announcement in a statement about indoor dining, noting that it was a 'contributing factor' to spikes in other countries, specifically in Europe.

'The really important piece of this is our opportunity to do more with indoor dining is directly related to how well we do on the health picture overall. If we keep fighting back the coronavirus, more and more options open up. If the coronavirus starts to re-surge you're not going to see a lot of things, including indoor dining,' De Blasio said.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2362682

Reported Deaths: 54846
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Nassau2050193243
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Monroe771961151
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Oneida25360538
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Broome21369381
Saratoga18186185
Ulster16145270
Schenectady15071214
Rensselaer13084154
Putnam1170595
Chautauqua10622154
Oswego9402100
Chemung8837142
St. Lawrence8646115
Ontario840595
Steuben8179155
Cayuga7760100
Sullivan771780
Jefferson728571
Wayne680477
Cattaraugus662296
Genesee5959126
Herkimer5905115
Tompkins579559
Clinton546434
Madison530296
Fulton520497
Livingston510264
Montgomery4978133
Cortland472769
Warren460276
Columbia4558107
Tioga434466
Chenango411285
Otsego411050
Allegany394692
Greene387682
Wyoming386854
Washington383761
Orleans356683
Franklin337615
Lewis312336
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