NYC Restaurants Resume At One-Quarter Capacity

NYC Restaurants Resume At One-Quarter Capacity
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New York City restaurants resume indoor dining at 25% capacity from this month. Andrew Cuomo, NY Governor, mentioned on Wednesday, giving some relief to the nation’s most famous metropolis since the COVID-19 outbreak.

The city was the only area in the state where indoor dining was not allowed in the third section of the reopening plan as the officials were terrified that the citizens consuming inside without masks may increase the novel coronavirus.

The governor finally addressed the pleading and legal threats of the hospitality industry who are fighting for survival since mid-March when the restrictions were imposed. Eateries will be permitted to perform at no more than 25 per cent capacity, with tables at least six-feet apart. It will be open till midnight, and no bar service will be there for the timing. 

Take away, and delivery was already there and in June outdoor dining had begun giving hope to the restaurateurs that things are moving for the betterment. When in the month of July, there was a drop in the number of  positive cases, restaurants were hoping the government would allow indoor dining, but Andrew Cuomo thought it would increase the spread.

He also said that opening indoor dining might also increase the possibility in the number of positive cases. Still, there is substantial financial pressure in the hospitality sector as a restaurant is not just about the owner but about the whole industry. If everything goes well by November 1st, the capacity is to be increased by 50%. 

Restaurants must check the temperature of customers at the door and take contact info for contact tracing in case of an outbreak.The governor also mentioned the state would additionally set up a system assisting prospects in reporting restaurants not in compliance. “This may not look like the indoor dining that we all know and love, but it is progress for restaurant workers and all New Yorkers,” Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned.