Friday, June 18

New York City restaurant indoor capacity increased to 75%

A day after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City will reopen to 100% on July 1, including bars and restaurants at full capacity, this Friday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced what is considered a step forward. to meet that goal, what On May 7, restaurants will be able to have up to 75% of customers in their interior spaces.

“There is no question that restaurants have been among the businesses hardest hit by the pandemic, and the booming restaurant industry in the New York City it has encountered a challenge in maintaining staff and maintaining profits, ”said the Governor.

With this capacity expansion, Big Apple restaurants align with businesses in the rest of the state, in which for several weeks it was allowed to have that percentage of customers in their indoor dining rooms.

“After a long and incredibly difficult fight, New York state is winning the war against COVID-19, and that means that it is time to loosen some restrictions established to protect public health and help our local companies ”, insisted the state president.

And as part of the loosening of restrictions, Cuomo announced that the Beauty salons, hair salons and other personal care services will also expand to 75% of their capacity starting May 7. New York City gyms and fitness centers will expand to 50% capacity beginning May 15.

“We are easing restrictions on restaurants, personal care services and gyms to put more money in the pockets of small business owners and workers in New York City, which was so hard hit by the pandemic, but I don’t have any. He will definitely come back stronger than ever, ”emphasized Cuomo.

Industry reactions

Meanwhile, the director ejecutivo de ‘NYC Hospitality Alliance’ Andrew Rigie, said the Governor’s announcement earlier this week “about the end of curfews to operate restaurants and bars, along with today’s news that the occupation of the indoor dining rooms will increase to 75% in all five boroughs, provides an injection of optimism to small business owners and workers who have been financially devastated in the past year. “

“Bars and restaurants took a big hit last year, they did what was necessary to keep New Yorkers safe from the terrible pandemic,” said the President of the New York State Latino Restaurant, Bar and Lounge Association, Jeffrey Garcia, adding that by making the vaccine easily accessible to all, and “taking COVID precautions seriously, Governor Cuomo put us on the fast track to recovery. Now, with the expansion of capacity, restaurants and bars are closer to being able to do what they do best: serve the communities in which they are anchored ”.

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