According to the mayor, the city will announce in the coming weeks if a timetable and a set of standards for the resumption of meals indoors can be established.
“We have been honest with the restaurant industry about the challenge,” said de Blasio. “I’ve also heard that people just want a final answer ASAP so they can make their plans. ”
The city is working closely with the state on the issue, with the two taking a very cautious approach, according to the mayor.
De Blasio noted that they are considering restaurants in the city separately from bars and nightclubs, noting that these establishments pose more of a threat when it comes to the spread and resurgence of the coronavirus.
Since the resumption of outdoor dining, the New York State Liquor Authority and a State Police task force have worked together to ensure bars and restaurants in the city and state meet guidelines. pandemic and safety protocols.
New York City became the last region in the state not to allow indoor dining to some extent, even though our neighbors on Long Island and Westchester have had the option since late June.
Across the river in New Jersey, indoor dining will resume on Friday, September 4 for the first time since March.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who makes the final decision, blamed de Blasio for his failure to follow social distancing guidelines in the city.
As the colder months of fall and winter approach, many restaurant owners say al fresco dining is not sustainable for their business.
Earlier this week, Crain’s New York Business reported that more than 300 New York restaurants are seeking class action status in a $ 2 billion lawsuit against the city and state for ban on eating inside. .
Restaurants closed almost six months ago in March at the start of the pandemic.