STATEN ISLAND, NY – Well, it was fine while it lasted.
Just over two months after dining room was allowed to resume in New York City with 25% capacity, rising hospitalization and transmission rates, coupled with the city’s high density, drove the Governor Andrew Cuomo to unplug all indoor restaurants again.
As of Monday, December 14, all dining out in New York City will no longer be permitted, Cuomo said at a press conference Friday, citing recent updates to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advising against indoor meals.
“In New York, you are warning the CDC about eating indoors as well as transmission rate, density and overcrowding and it’s a bad situation,” Cuomo said Friday. “We said we were going to watch it, if the hospitalization rate didn’t stabilize we would close the restaurants inside. We don’t, so we will be closing restaurants inside New York on Monday. “
The decision to close indoor restaurants came after the rise in the hospitalization rate in New York City failed to stabilize throughout the week, parameters the governor set in Monday’s press conference. latest.
The indoor restaurant closures came under immediate scrutiny, after New York contact tracing data showed bars and restaurants made up just 1.43% of September viral exposures to November, compared to 73.84% from household spread.
Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about the New York indoor dining closures.
CAN RESTAURANTS REMAIN OPEN?
Yes. Restaurants can remain open for alfresco dining, take-out, and delivery, although they are no longer allowed to accommodate customers indoors.
WHEN IS THE RESTAURANT INSIDE BACK?
At this point, the state has not provided a specific statistical threshold for New York City’s hospitalization and transmission rates to restore meals indoors, but the governor noted that these trends would be monitored and evaluated by the administration in the coming weeks.
WHAT ABOUT RESTAURANTS IN STRUGGLE?
Indoor dining restrictions have been a burning issue on Staten Island, with many local restaurants worried they could not handle the economic impact of another closure.
At Friday’s press conference, the governor acknowledged the heavy burden these closures will place on bars and restaurants, and urged the federal government to provide these entities with financial assistance in any upcoming stimulus bills.
“The federal government must bring relief to these bars and restaurants in this next package. I understand the fight against COVID, but I also understand that you are wiping out businesses, ”Cuomo said.
To alleviate some of the financial burden on these business owners, the governor announced that the state had extended the moratorium on business evictions to prevent businesses from being evicted in case they could not pay their rent due to of the current pandemic.