Restaurant capacity increases to 75% in New York in 1 week, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo

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NEW YORK (WABC) – Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that dining in New York will increase to 75% capacity effective Friday, May 7.

It brings New York City closer to the rest of New York State.

The governor also announced that barber shops, barber shops and other personal care services will increase their capacity to 75% on May 7 as well.

New York City gyms and fitness centers will increase capacity to 50% effective May 15.

All changes are subject to state public health guidelines, including social distancing and masks, the governor said.

Governor Cuomo also announced that he would rescind the executive order establishing the micro-cluster zone strategy in light of New York State’s progress against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After a long and incredibly difficult fight, New York State is winning the war against COVID-19, and that means it’s time to relax some of the restrictions put in place to protect public health and helping our local businesses, ”Governor Cuomo said. “There is no doubt that restaurants have been among the businesses hardest hit by the pandemic, and the flourishing restaurant industry in New York has found it difficult to keep staff and maintain profits. in the pockets of small business owners and workers in New York City, which has been hit so hard by the pandemic but which I have no doubt will come back stronger than ever. “

The announcement builds on the governor’s recent moves to further reopen the economy amid steadily declining COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates in New York City.

On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo announced that the curfew for midnight meals and drinks will be lifted for outdoor dining rooms starting May 17 and for indoor dining rooms starting May 31.

The governor also announced that the 1 a.m. curfew for catering events where participants have provided proof of their vaccine status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result will be lifted from May 17. , the curfew for all catering events to be lifted on May 31.

On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City plans to “fully reopen” from July 1, pending state approval.

This includes 100% restaurants, stores, hair salons, gyms, arenas and theaters. The only exception is Broadway shows.

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