Today, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he is allowing restaurants in “orange zones” around the state to resume indoor dining after a court decision allowing some restaurants around Buffalo to reopen.
A spokesperson for the Governor said they are reviewing and disagree with the court’s decision but that, “While that process is ongoing, to ensure uniformity and fairness, all restaurants operating in Orange Zones can now operate under rules governing Yellow Zones.” It is not yet clear if the state will appeal the ruling.
In response the NYC Hospitality Alliance issued the following statement:
"The court's preliminary decision and the Governor’s action to remove indoor dining restrictions in all 'orange zones' makes the status of the indoor dining ban in New York City all the more outrageous and destructive to thousands of restaurants across the five boroughs, especially when our infection and hospitalization rates are lower than most counties in the State where indoor dining is permitted at 50% occupancy. Continuation of the indoor dining ban in New York City is divorced from any of the data and criteria the State has articulated and must be ended now."
-Andrew Rigie, executive director, and Robert Bookman, counsel, NYC Hospitality Alliance.
This is an evolving situation and we will bring you additional information as it becomes available about what it means more long-term, potential impact on indoor dining in New York City, and potential next steps.