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Indoor Dining in New York City Could End as Early as Monday, Cuomo Says

Governor Andrew Cuomo at a press conference Monday (Governor Andrew Cuomo)

Dec. 7, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Indoor dining in New York City could close once again if the city’s hospitalization rate continues to rise, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.

The governor said if the rate does not stabilize within five days indoor dining would close. The closure could come as early as next Monday, Dec. 14, he said.

Cuomo said that eateries would get a warning before the shutdown went into effect. Currently, restaurants are limited to 25 percent capacity.

The New York City hospitalization rate has been increasing for weeks — and is expected to climb, Cuomo said.

“We are looking at continued increases through from now through mid-January,” Cuomo said, noting that the holidays will lead to an uptick in new coronavirus cases.

New York City has been subject to the toughest restrictions in the state since the pandemic hit.

Indoor dining in other regions across the state is currently limited to 50 percent capacity. However, if hospitalizations increase in those areas, it would be reduced to 25 percent.

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Sara Ross

People who own businesses and aren’t taking this pandemic seriously should be punished not the ones who have done everything right. Why should they suffer? I don’t care what Andrew Cuomo says. EVERY business is essential to somebody and every worker is essential to everybody. I’m in Forest Hills and people are still walking around without a mask, especially those going to the various synagogues, even though the hospital is 5 blocks away and I’ve been hearing as many ambulances as I did in the beginning of the pandemic. I wish they could be fined $500.

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