New York bar extension, restaurant curfew until midnight | Public Service News
ALBANY – The last call for bars and restaurants in New York will be an hour later starting today, as Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced that the state was extending its current COVID curfew on restaurants until midnight.
From Monday, the new rule will allow establishments to remain open beyond the current 11 p.m. curfew, the governor said.
“As the numbers are going down on COVID, we are talking about adjusting the valve,” Cuomo said on an afternoon call with reporters. “We caution New Yorkers, don’t be arrogant. The disease is still very present with us. We have to stay smart until COVID is crushed and it will not be crushed until we get collective immunity and we will not get collective immunity until we finish vaccinate everyone.
Organized events, such as weddings, will also gain an hour and can last until 1 a.m.
Restaurant groups have been complaining about the state’s early closing time for months as the number of COVIDs has declined. Cuomo has slowly eased restrictions in recent months as vaccinations increase.
Restaurants statewide are currently allowed to serve diners indoors at 75% capacity. Restaurants in town are still limited to 50%.
A total of 5 million New Yorkers are fully vaccinated, Cuomo said.
The governor also announced that spectators will soon be allowed to compete in car and horse races. From Friday, venues hosting races can operate with a capacity limit of 20%.
Participants must be vaccinated or show proof of a recent negative coronavirus test. Social distancing, masks and other safety measures must be enforced.
Earlier today, Cuomo traveled to Belmont Park for an event with supporters that was closed to the press. He announced that Northwell Health would vaccinate construction workers who would build a new hockey arena for the Islanders.
Over the past two months, the governor has staged a series of events without press availability, as several women have brought charges of sexual harassment and misconduct.
At each appearance, supporters have praised the beleaguered governor as he faces growing calls for his resignation amid an independent investigation by the attorney general into his behavior, an impeachment inquiry, and them. Federal prosecutors are probing his administration’s handling of COVID nursing home deaths.
During his call with reporters, Cuomo did not say whether he had been subpoenaed by independent investigators working under Attorney General Letitia James’ office.
“You should ask the attorney general’s office,” the governor said. “It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the Attorney General’s review and I have said this on several occasions as the Attorney General.