New York Gov Andrew Cuomo says indoor dining can start again in NYC from the end of September at 25% capacity - just one day after saying he wouldn't allow it

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says indoor dining can resume in New York City at the end of the month just one day after saying it couldn't be done.
Restaurants will be allowed to welcome diners back indoors from September 30 at 25 percent capacity, Cuomo announced on Wednesday.
Cuomo said 'strict restrictions' will need to be in place in order to offer indoor dining again, including that restaurants have to close by midnight.
All diners must have their temperatures checked at the door and one member of each party has to provide contact information for tracing should there be a COVID-19 outbreak originating from a restaurant.
There can also be no service at the bar. 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that indoor dining can resume in New York City from September 30 at 25 percent capacity
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that indoor dining can resume in New York City from September 30 at 25 percent capacity
Cuomo said 'strict restrictions' will need to be in place in order to offer indoor dining again, including that restaurants have to close by midnight
Cuomo said 'strict restrictions' will need to be in place in order to offer indoor dining again, including that restaurants have to close by midnight
Cuomo said that if infections rates were still low by November 1, he would reassess if NYC restaurants could open at 50 percent. 
The infection rate in New York City has been less than one percent for a month.  
Cuomo said the state would establish a whistleblowing system whereby New Yorkers can report restaurants not in compliance. 
'New Yorkers themselves will help with compliance,' Cuomo said. 'New Yorkers will keep new Yorkers safe.'  

The city's outdoor dining scheme is due to expire in October. It is not yet clear if that will be extended. 
In a statement New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged that dining at 25 percent capacity will not mark a full return to normal but characterized it as a starting point and a way to lift the city's economy.
'We are continuing New York City´s economic recovery by bringing back indoor dining,' de Blasio said. 
'This may not look like the indoor dining that we all know and love, but it is progress for restaurant workers and all New Yorkers.' 
The abrupt announcement comes just one day after Cuomo insisted that indoor dining could not resume because he argued it would double the number of bars currently open and there was no one to enforce social distancing standards.  
Cuomo says NYC's indoor dining can begin at the end of September
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Restaurants will be allowed to welcome diners back indoors from September 30 at 25 percent capacity, Cuomo announced on Wednesday
Restaurants will be allowed to welcome diners back indoors from September 30 at 25 percent capacity, Cuomo announced on Wednesday
On Wednesday, Cuomo said the city would contribute 400 personnel to an existing task force made up of the State Liquor Authority and state police to ensure compliance.   
Prior to the announcement, New York City was the only place in the state of New York that had not been allowed to welcome diners inside again.  
Cuomo and de Blasio halted a plan to reopen indoor dining in the city two months ago and, until Wednesday, had not offered up a plan for when it could resume.   
The governor had said on Tuesday that he would not allow indoor dining to start up again unless the city - ie Mayor Bill de Blasio - came up with a unique task force to enforce the rules. 
'We have seen that opening bars has created a compliance and enforcement nightmare,' Cuomo had said. 
'From our experience Upstate, opening indoor dining caused issues. I beseeched the local governments to help and they did not.
'I would need additional enforcement capacity. It could be a local police department or it could be local health inspectors.' 
Restaurant and bar owners in NYC have been crying out for months now for some form of break. 
A conglomerate of bar and restaurant owners had recently filed a lawsuit against the state for $2billion in damages, claiming they were being unfairly shackled and stopped from making money due to the lack of indoor dining. 
A New York State Restaurant Survey on September 3 revealed that a staggering 64 percent of restaurants said they would not be able to stay open if indoor dining wasn't allowed soon.  
In a statement New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged that dining at 25 percent capacity will not mark a full return to normal but characterized it as a starting point and a way to lift the city's economy
In a statement New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged that dining at 25 percent capacity will not mark a full return to normal but characterized it as a starting point and a way to lift the city's economy
New York Gov Andrew Cuomo says indoor dining can start again in NYC from the end of September at 25% capacity - just one day after saying he wouldn't allow it New York Gov Andrew Cuomo says indoor dining can start again in NYC from the end of September at 25% capacity - just one day after saying he wouldn't allow it Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 06:07 Rating: 5

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