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New York & Tri-State   /   February 9, 2021

Paul Bubny
By: Paul Bubny

Cuomo: NYC Restaurants May Reopen Friday

New York City’s restaurants may resume indoor dining on Friday at 25% capacity, two days ahead of the previously announced reopening date of Feb. 14. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the city’s COVID-19 positivity rate has declined following the post-holiday surge.

Cuomo said Monday that the city’s hospitality sector has “made the point that they’d like to open a couple of days earlier so they can be ready for Valentine’s Day, get the staff oriented, get supplies into the restaurants, and that’s a reasonable request. So, we’ll start indoor dining on Friday at 25%.”

In a statement, the NYC Hospitality Alliance said the earlier reopening would allow restaurants “to generate much-needed revenue from the Valentine’s Day weekend business, much of which they would have lost because the holiday falls on a Sunday this year. The advanced opening and better health metrics are welcome news to the city’s decimated restaurant industry.”

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism.
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