Governor Cuomo has halted indoor dining in NYC at 25 per cent capacity despite allowing it in other parts of the state where the infection rate is higher
Governor Cuomo has quietly halted the planned resumption of indoor dining in New York, allowing restaurants to welcome just 25 percent of their usual capacity, blaming an increase in COVID-19 cases despite the fact that deaths in New York City are steady and there are fewer infections in Manhattan than other boroughs.
Indoor dining was finally allowed to resume at the end of October after months of silence from the city and state as to how restaurants were expected to survive the winter months.
It was due to increase to 50 percent on November 1 but the deadline came and went with no information from officials on what owners and operators could expect.
On Monday, after ignoring questions, Cuomo said at a press conference that he was 'looking at the data' and would have an answer 'soon' but gave no specifics.
He blamed the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in New York City for the delay.
But both he and Mayor Bill de Blasio have pointed to the fact that the increases have been in 'clusters' in Brooklyn and Queens.
An empty NYC restaurant. Indoor dining is still only being allowed at 25 percent capacity despite the rest of the state and most of the country allowing more customers in
Manhattan, which has by far the highest number of bars and restaurants per square mile, has considerably fewer cases.
The infection rate in Manhattan is 2.5 percent. In Queens, it's 4.9 percent and in Brooklyn, it's 4.2 percent.
Indoor dining beyond 25 percent is banned there but in Suffolk County, where the Hamptons are, which has a 4.5 percent infection rate, it is allowed.
In Westchester County, another wealthy enclave, the infection rate is 4.7 percent.
In both New York City and New York State, the death rate - which was at one stage frighteningly high - is holding firm.
But there is still no end in sight to the restrictions for Manhattan restaurants, even if they comply