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All Of NYC Could Soon Become A COVID

By NYC Hospitality Alliance

As the NYC Hospitality Alliance continues our relentless around the clock fight to help save and support our industry, we're sharing with you the following Gothamist article by Jake Offenhartz that explains the current state of COVID-19 restrictions

With COVID-19 infection rates increasing in NYC, new restrictions on operating hours at restaurants and bars, and the Governor and Mayor indicating that indoor dining could shut again if NYC becomes an "Orange Zone" there is great concern, uncertainty and confusion in our city's hospitality.

As the NYC Hospitality Alliance continues our relentless around the clock fight to help save and support our industry, we're sharing with you the following Gothamist article by Jake Offenhartz that explains the current state of COVID-19 restrictions and how further restrictions are triggered, such as closing indoor dining:
 
 
 
The NYC Hospitality Alliance knows this is an extraordinarily trying time and we will continue to fight for our industry and bring you official information when it becomes available. In response to this current situation, we released the following statement:
 
"Restaurants are essential to the social and economic fabric of New York City and any further restrictions on their operations must be coupled with recent data specific to New York City establishing a spread due to restaurants, and financial support for small business owners and workers who have already been financially devastated.
 
Restricted, highly regulated indoor dining has been working safely around New York State since June, while infection rates decreased, until recently. Measures including reduced occupancy, enhanced air filtration systems, limiting bar service, spacing tables 6 feet apart, temperature checks, and wearing masks among other protocols have proven effective. Dr. Fauci and Governor Cuomo indicated the new spikes in infections are often coming from private social gatherings that are unregulated and there seems to be a refusal to enforce Executive Orders limiting such gatherings. While public health and safety must be paramount, we have not seen contact tracing data indicating that highly regulated indoor dining causes the recent infections, and thus struggling small business owners and their employees should not be the left holding the bag as a default reaction without being justly compensated.
 
It is estimated that thousands of restaurants have already shuttered permanently, and most of the remaining are barely surviving. Nearly 150,000 industry employees are still out of work and another shutdown could result in 90,000 New Yorkers possibly losing their jobs again. Any additional limitations on restaurant operations must be counterbalanced by the city, state and federal government enacting polices to financially support business owners and workers during these trying times."

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