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Indoor Dining in New York City Postponed Indefinitely

July 1, 2020 By Allie Griffin

New Yorkers will have to wait a little longer to grab a bite to eat indoors.

The reopening of indoor dining at New York City restaurants has been postponed indefinitely, both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.

New York City was poised to reopen indoor dining on July 6, as part of Phase III of the governor’s reopening plan. However, an uptick of COVID-19 cases in states that have already reopened indoor dining have caused the officials to change tack.

“Phase III dining — we are going to postpone,” Cuomo said during a press conference in New York City. “It’s going to be postponed until the facts change and it is prudent to open.”

Mayor de Blasio also worried about indoor transmission. Research appears to show, he said, that the public is more susceptible to contracting the virus indoors.

“It is not the time to forge ahead with indoor dining,” de Blasio said.

Other states that have already reopened restaurants and bars are now seeing skyrocketing cases of COVID-19, he added.

New York has issued a travel advisory for these states. It’s requiring travelers from 16 states, where the rate of infection is particularly high, to quarantine for 14 days when entering the Empire State.

Cuomo said he is also worried about New Yorkers not following social distancing rules and failing to wear masks.

“Look at any street in Manhattan, go to the East Village, go to the West Side, go to Brooklyn, go to Queens, go to The Bronx,” Cuomo said. “Citizen compliance is slipping.”

He blamed it on a lack of enforcement — though he did not call out New York City officials by name.

“If you have citizen compliance dropping and you don’t have local governments enforcing, then you’re going to see the virus go up,” Cuomo said.

“The local governments have to do their job.”

The governor said the decision to postpone is preemptive to avoid an increase of new coronavirus cases. New York City’s numbers have continued to remain at safe levels.

“We went from worst infection rate in the United States to best infection rate in the United States,” Cuomo said of New York State.

 

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AOCU812

Duh Blazio and Cuomo are addicted to the power a crisis gives them. They DO NOT want this to end.

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COVID cases are SKYROCKETING in the red states

Then why are we in Phase 3 already while Texans are still dying at an alarming rate?

Logic is hard.

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MUH TYRANNY

shame, just because COVID is skyrocketing in the red states doesn’t mean anything. Trump said it will be over by Easter, so it should be any day now.

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Facts matter muh

Herd immunity
More murdered than Covid deaths last week in nyc
Facts matter

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Trump only cost us 120k dead Americans

That’s a great point–in red states COVID is skyrocketing! In blue ones it isn’t.

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Facts

CDC- TOTAL DEATHS US
128,024
725 New Deaths*7/3/20
Only reason N.Y.,NJ and CT are going down are because of the actions of the local governments. Fact!!

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Anonymous

Well they ran out of elderly people in nursing homes to kill, so they got that going for them.

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Liberty

My God why don’t the Regressives just say they’d ruin the world just for power? Vote Libertarian! Repubs aren’t that great either!

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stay the hell away from me millenial

people arent trying much anymore.I have to hand it to the gov for being tough on this issue. If people gave an effort to distance we could do it. People have shown the really don’t care. Young people especially, you’re blowing it.

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Guest

Screw the people, people sometimes need discipline and because we have this virus on us, curfews should have been enforced, mask policies should have been enforced. Nothing was enforced, and there is no real data on infections. It’s all big blur, everyone screwed up big time, and lost the trust of public, and now public doesn’t care anymore, infecting each other.

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Say Whaaa?

They mean postponed until the election. The average age of death is 85 years old! The life expectancy is 82… This is a nursing home issue not a general population! This isn’t practicle it’s political. Refrain from paying taxes then. Shut down the politicians economy!

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Guest

Where is your data coming from because there is no truly usable data. It’s all junk and garbage being fed to public.

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Gardens Watcher

You qualify as a Covidiot. The virus affects all ages, and is not just a “ nursing home issue.”

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