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Governor Cuomo Extends Permission to New York Restaurants Just One More Hour

Desiree Peralta

They can close at midnight; and weddings and other events until 1 a.m., from next Monday 19

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Starting Monday, April 19, New York restaurants will be able to serve the public for one more hour until midnight, and weddings and other organized events will be allowed to run until 1 a.m., Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday.

Additionally, during the conference call, Cuomo reported that the car and horse racing events would accommodate spectators at 20% of their capacity as of April 22. Spectators will need to wear a mask, social distancing, and provide proof of a recent negative test or have completed their coronavirus vaccination.

But at the same time, we warn New Yorkers: don't be cocky. The disease is still with us, ”Cuomo said to Fox News.

The news comes as more restaurants reopen, especially in NYC, as the economic recovery continues taking advantage of a setback in the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York City restaurants were hit especially hard by the lockdown, with about 75% of these businesses saying they lost at least half of their revenue in 2020, affecting tax revenue statewide.

"Overtime is good news for restaurants, bars, and customers, but we still need a roadmap for when the curfew will be lifted as it has for other industries," said Andrew Rigie, CEO of NYC Hospitality. Before the pandemic, Alliance was an industry group that represented more than 24,000 businesses with some 325,000 employees in food and nightlife establishments across the five boroughs. Since then, many have closed due to the economic crisis.

He also urged the state to stop banning diners from sitting at restaurant bars and reconsidering requiring customers who order an alcoholic beverage to order food, in what has been sarcastically called the "Cuomo combo" in the restaurant. Menu.

Are curfew and security measures still necessary in bars and restaurants?

Although we are still in a pandemic and there are many contagion possibilities throughout the city, I understand that the curfew is no longer necessary as a security measure.

People are already going to work full time, taking subways, visiting their families. A curfew or a bar restriction is not going to affect the population.

I believe that the state is already fully aware of the effects of COVID and the best way to protect ourselves against it. Also, if we maintain health protocols in public spaces, there should be no fear of contagion.

In any case, we need to continue showing the government that we are capable of maintaining security measures and having more freedom in public centers.

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