New York ending curfew for bars, restaurants in May

The midnight curfew on bars and restaurants will be lifted next month, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Posted: Apr 28, 2021 10:27 AM
Updated: Apr 28, 2021 5:28 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (UPDATED) – The midnight curfew on bars and restaurants will be lifted next month, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

These establishments have had some of the strictest health and safety guidelines to follow since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, including limits on food and drink services, capacity restrictions and curfews which were most recently extended from 11 p.m. to midnight earlier this month.

The midnight curfew will be lifted for outdoor areas on May 17, and indoor areas beginning May 31.

For catered events, the 1 a.m. curfew will be lifted May 17 if proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests are required. Then on May 31, the curfew will be lifted entirely.

Cuomo says starting May 3, people can have catered events at their residences above the gathering limits of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, as long as the events are "staffed by a professional, licensed caterer, permitted by the respective locality or municipality, and strictly adhere to health and safety guidance, including social and event gathering limits, masks, and social distancing."

Also starting May 3, the “dance zones” put in place for catered events, like weddings, will be no more as long as all guests wear masks and practice social distancing.

"Everything we've been doing is working - all the arrows are pointing in the right direction and now we're able to increase economic activity even more. Lifting these restrictions for restaurants, bars and catering companies will allow these businesses that have been devastated by the pandemic to begin to recover as we return to a new normal in a post-pandemic world,” said Cuomo. “To be clear: we will only be able to maintain this progress if everyone gets the COVID vaccine. It is the weapon that will win the war and we need everyone to take it, otherwise we risk going backward."

As more people get vaccinated across New York, the state has been relaxing restrictions put in place earlier on in the pandemic.

On Monday, Cuomo announced capacity at large-scale outdoor event venues would increase from 20% to 33% starting May 19.

Also, starting May 15:

  • Gyms and fitness centers outside of New York City will increase from 33% to 50% capacity.
  • Casinos and gaming facilities will increase from 25% to 50% capacity.
  • Offices will increase from 50% to 75% capacity.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2514422

Reported Deaths: 56038
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Queens31485510285
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Saratoga20111198
Ulster17224278
Schenectady16592227
Rensselaer14692167
Putnam1244896
Chautauqua12318174
Oswego11556112
Chemung10798154
St. Lawrence10424126
Steuben10037173
Ontario9296110
Jefferson874874
Cayuga8613107
Sullivan843183
Wayne810384
Cattaraugus7622113
Genesee6945132
Herkimer6741128
Clinton666538
Tompkins647559
Fulton6258102
Madison6138102
Montgomery5890139
Livingston568071
Warren540782
Cortland531379
Tioga503671
Columbia4984111
Chenango465786
Allegany457196
Washington456467
Otsego454154
Greene435386
Wyoming434958
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Franklin423320
Lewis357138
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