Urgent: Indoor Dining Shut in NYC on Monday

By NYC Hospitality Alliance

Today, due to a spike in COVID-19 related hospitalizations, NYS Governor Cuomo announced that effective Monday, December 14th indoor dining in New York City is required to again shut and is prohibited

Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery will be permitted. It is not yet clear what must occur for indoor dining to resume or when, but the NYC Hospitality Alliance will bring you additional information as it becomes available.
If your business has an outdoor dining structure, it must have two of its four sides OPEN to qualify as outdoor dining. Of course, it must also comply with all other safety protocols and requirements. If your business has enclosed three or all four sides of the outdoor dining structure, then it is considered indoor dining and effective this Monday, December 14th you are prohibited from serving customers in such structure. Click here for outdoor dining rules
"While public health and safety must be paramount, Governor Cuomo's announcement to once again shut down indoor dining in New York City is at odds with the State's own data that's been presented as driving these decisions, and it will be the last straw for countless more restaurants and jobs. And the restrictions begin on Monday with zero economic support for small businesses that are already struggling to survive. 

Manhattan - home to the largest number of restaurants in the state - has a positivity rate of just 2.7%, which is less than half that of many counties throughout the state where indoor dining remains open, Albany (7.2%), Westchester (6.0%), Suffolk (6.1%). Restaurants as an industry are only responsible for a small 1.4% of virus cases as compared to 74% from living room spread. Yet, only New York City's restaurants are being closed even when hospitalization rates upstate are double the city's rate.

New York City's restaurants have gone above and beyond in ensuring their businesses create a safe and healthy environment for their customers and employees that meet the state's required safety protocols - at a significant cost - and it's worked. 
Closing indoor dining in New York City will severely jeopardize the survival of countless small businesses and jobs and now it's more important than ever that all levels of government pass critical support to help save the industry. The federal government must enact the RESTAURANTS Act, a revitalization program to help mitigate the economic and social devastation caused by the pandemic, state government must extend and strengthen the eviction moratorium through 2021 and enhance unemployment benefits for the thousands of workers who will lose their jobs again, and city government must permanently cap third-party delivery fees and require these companies to give restaurants ownership of their customer data."

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