Gov. Andrew Cuomo has finally signaled that the curfew that frustrated bar and restaurant owners will be lifted later this month.
For outdoor dining and drinking- the curfew ends on May 17. For indoor dining and drinking- the curfew will end on May 31.
The curfew on catered events will also be lifted on May 17.
“We know the COVID positivity rate is a function of our behavior, and over the last year New Yorkers have remained disciplined and continued with the practices we know work to stop the spread of the virus,” Cuomo said. “Everything we’ve been doing is working – all the arrows are pointing in the right direction and now we’re able to increase economic activity even more. Lifting these restrictions for restaurants, bars, and catering companies will allow these businesses that have been devastated by the pandemic to begin to recover as we return to a new normal in a post-pandemic world. To be clear: we will only be able to maintain this progress if everyone gets the COVID vaccine. It is the weapon that will the war and we need everyone to take it, otherwise, we risk going backward.”
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