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Noah Devereaux
September 9, 2020
NYC Restaurants Can Reopen For Indoor Dining On September 30th
The city’s restaurants can reopen at a reduced 25% capacity, but bars will not reopen for indoor service.
  • In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Governor Cuomo gave restaurants the go-ahead to reopen for indoor dining, starting on September 30th.

  • Restaurants will reopen at a 25% capacity in their indoor space, with tables six feet apart. All diners will have their temperature checked at the door, and all restaurant service will end by midnight.

  • Bars will not be able to reopen indoor service on September 30th.

  • The announcement comes after recent tension between restaurant industry leaders, the governor, and Mayor de Blasio. Just yesterday, Cuomo said that NYC’s indoor dining decision was dependent on the city’s ability to enforce compliance, specifically at bars.

  • A task force of State Liquor Authority officers and other city regulation workers will continue to run compliance checks on restaurants, just as they do for outdoor dining. Governor Cuomo said in today’s press conference, “It’s not worth the risk...If you lose your license, that’s months of being out of business.”

  • On the topic of indoor ventilation, Cuomo stated he is not looking for a standard technology for all restaurants. “We’re not envisioning redoing the whole air conditioner.”

  • When asked about the decision to reopen on September 30th, Governor Cuomo said he was “trying to calibrate the increase in activity.” He mentioned school reopenings, change of weather, and the goal of getting more people on public transportation by the end of the month.

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