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NYC Bars & Restaurants That Are Closed Right Now Due To Covid-19

Some are reporting staff exposures and shortages, while others are simply taking precautions.

The recent rise in Covid cases has caused some New York City restaurants and bars to temporarily shut down.

We’ve rounded up those places below, in order to keep you informed on the state of your city and to encourage you to support these restaurants when they can reopen. (In the meantime, you can also support them via gift cards or staff funds especially during the holiday season when restaurants typically see the biggest bumps in business.) We’ll continue to update our list as more information becomes available.

There were 10,991 new cases reported in the city on Wednesday, December 22nd. Last week, Dr. Jay Varma, a senior public health advisor to the mayor, noted that NYC’s positive PCR test results were doubling every three days.

Aside from reducing the spread of infection, closing down provides restaurant staff time to get tested—which is especially crucial as lines for testing centers continue to be gargantuan.

During the week of December 15th, the city averaged 170,000 PCR and rapid antigen tests per day. Mayor De Blasio and his appointed health advisors estimated on Wednesday that the city’s testing capacity (including private and city-run facilities, but not home tests) would currently max out at 180,000 per day –though the city is planning to open new testing centers thanks to local and federal assistance. On Tuesday night, CityMD temporarily shut down 13 locations across four boroughs citing that there are simply not enough staff members to operate.

Even restaurants who have been testing staff regularly report they’re unable to stay open. In an Instagram post on Tuesday, The Musket Room in Soho announced, “With Covid cases on the rise, we will unfortunately be closing for the next few days. While we have continued to test our team weekly, we currently do not have enough staff to continue service.”

While many of the city’s restaurants and bars on the list below have stated they’ll be back open after a day or so, others have already announced they’ll be closed until the new year, such as Ugly Baby in Carroll Gardens and the LloHi Roof Bar in East Williamsburg. On Wednesday, several Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants said they’d be closed for service until December 28th.

Neither city nor state officials have indicated restriction adjustments are on the way. In a press conference last Thursday, de Blasio said, “COVID is bad for business. Shutdowns are bad for business. Restrictions are bad for business. We can’t let that happen again.” Starting December 27, 2021, a private sector vaccine mandate will go into effect, and New Yorkers aged 12 and older will be required to show proof of two vaccine doses, instead of one, except for those who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. According to de Blasio, the city will “have inspectors going out full force” to enforce these mandates. We’ll continue to keep you updated on any changes regarding dining out in the city.

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NYC Restaurants & Bars That Have Confirmed Closures on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

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