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Indoor Dining in New York City to Be Shut Down Monday as Hospitalizations Continue to Climb

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Dec. 11, 2020 By Allie Griffin

New York City restaurants will have to close their indoor dining areas come Monday, in response to the growing number of city residents in hospitals with COVID-19.

Indoor dining will be shuttered across the five boroughs for at least two weeks, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

Cuomo had warned earlier this week that indoor dining would likely shutter Monday should the hospitalization rate climb.

The rate has shown no signs of slowing — triggering the closure, Cuomo said Friday.

The city saw the highest number of new hospitalizations in several months on Wednesday, with 205 patient admissions. Wednesday marked the first day that the number surpassed the city’s threshold of 200 new patients since the city put in place a series of yardsticks to monitor the spread this spring.

(NYC Health Dept)

Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery will still be permitted.

Cuomo, however, acknowledged that the shutdown would be a significant blow to restaurants. He said he would extend the commercial eviction moratorium beyond Jan. 1 to help them through this period. The new date was not disclosed.

The governor said the state doesn’t have funds to provide economic relief to bar and restaurant owners. He said the onus is on the federal government to come to their aid.

“The federal government must provide relief to these bars and restaurants in this next [stimulus] package,” Cuomo said.

New York City has been subject to the toughest restrictions in the state since the pandemic hit. Restaurants across the five boroughs were already limited to 25 percent capacity for indoor dining.

Meanwhile, in other regions across the state the limit is currently at 50 percent capacity. If hospitalizations increase in those areas, Cuomo said that the number would be reduced to 25 percent.

Cuomo said he will reassess indoor dining in other regions of the state next week.

His restrictions on indoor dining follows recent guidance from the CDC warning that COVID-19 is more easily spread through the activity.

New York City has the strictest stipulations due in part to its high population density, Cuomo said.

“In New York City, you put the CDC caution on indoor dining together with the rate of transmission and the density and the crowding — that is a bad situation,” he said. “The hospitalizations have continued to increase in New York City.”

Meanwhile, gyms and salons will remain open — as they have proved to have little impact on viral spread — Cuomo said.

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I love my local restaurants

Well….not enough to call for take away or have it delivered. I’ll just sit here and scream at Fox News instead.

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Stop The Politicizing

Lol- Try having it delivered. A little support to local restaurants is what’s needed not stupidity.

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Grub Hub seamless are all pricey

Many restaurants use there own staff to make deliveries. You can always just pick up your order to go.

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ABoondy

or you can learn to cook and make better food than restaurants. even a child can figure it out.

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Anonymous

Not just better but healthier. Restaurants overdo it on the salt, oils, and fats and if you get use to it you won’t notice.

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Jasmine

They gonna end indoor dining… and announce it by having a press conference indoors! lol gov should spend an hour outside talking to the press in the cold.

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Benito Cuomolini

Narcissistic hypocrites have zero sense of irony or introspection. Cognitive dissonance is their modus operandi.

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Knowledge is power

VV- Where do the people who are infected but show no symptoms and more than likely don’t even know they’re infected fit in your scenario?

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alexandra

Sad. i do not want another lock-down. I’m hoping the renter’s market pushes my landlord to put washer/ dryer units in our apartments! It’s the 2020’s, people!

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Natasha

Closing restaurants would make sense to me if the influx of positive covid cases were coming from restaurant’s. But there are coming from home gatherings.

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Slow the spread

Natasha- Restaurants aren’t closed, you’re mistaken. We’re open for business just call or order on line. It’s a small inconvenience to some and convenience to others.

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melissa

Maybe if restaurants lowered their meal prices and catered to the local community their delivery sales would go up. many local residents can not afford these expensive meals. Most opened up for tourists and people visiting Queens.

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Are you for real

Melissa – What are you talking about.? My parents live in Sunnyside, I live in Sunnyside and most of my grown children live within Queens and we all frequent the local restaurants. As do our friends and neighbors. The restaurants are primarily clean friendly serving some of the best food anywhere at reasonable prices.

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melissa

what a privileged response..try going for a walk and see how far the food pantry line is..these are are neighbors and friends in need of food. Most can not afford to eat out.

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ECO101

Melissa – You’re obviously living above your means in a neighborhood whose rents are way out of your reach if the amenities that neighborhood provides and offers are out of your reach. This is a ramification of social welfare programs like section 8 housing and the disregard of zoning laws by unscrupulous landlords who warehouse low wage and in many instances illegal and undocumented individuals and families in a neighborhood that is just too expensive in line with their salaries We live in a consumer driven market economy and market principles and forces are at play. Thats exactly why me my friends and relatives have sense enough not to live in places like Scarsdale or Greenwich which are beyond our financial reach. It’s not privilege to live within the confines of the law and within ones financial means, it’s called having sense.

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ABoondy

the world will always need renters that spend every penny they have, lavishly spending on restaurants and stuff they dont need. its a habit that will never break.

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David

Boondy – A meal out a couple of times a month is far from living lavishly. You need to raise your standards. If eating out is beyond your means then you’re already living above your means and should relocate to a cheaper place. NYCHA sounds about your speed.

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ABoondy

agreed, but only with the help of the martial law because stupid people dont take it seriously. this should have been done in march, and it should have ended at the end of april. yet here we are.

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Kyle

please I was in the ER hospital and they were allowing patients to take off their masks so they can eat all while waiting for covid tests results!

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Jerry

Let’s all get together and help out restaurants! How about a snow festival this week where we all eat out in the snow. I know it sounds stupid but let’s try and think of something. They need help!!!!!

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Crybaby Conservatism

Jerry- How about just ordering food to go? It’s really no that complicated, no matter what Fox News tells you.

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Rachel Madcow

You’re obsessed with Fox News. Perhaps you should stop watching it. There are plenty of left-wing broadcasters where you can be spoon-fed your daily dose of DNC talking points.

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Demand the Truth

Just because someone calls out a network that has a history of lies and bias for this deception does not make that person left of center or looking for Democratic talking points. You’re response is that of a cult member. Someone who attacks the cult must be in league with a cult generated abomination.

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Elena

Good thing some restaurants and bars built outdoor enclosures. Some added doors and windows in case an inspector comes by.

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Natasha

No win situation. Close these places, also cause hardships for those working in these places. Increase deliveries and outside dining. Gyms are not essential and heavy breathing..

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Heidi

It took this long to close things? 😱. If you would have done a better job Governor Cuomo we would not be shutting things down right now!!!!

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Crybaby conservatism

Larry – Do you feel bad enough to order food to go or have a meal delivered? That’s all it takes to support your local and favorite restaurants. Restaurants don’t need pity they need business. Money for food to go or food delivery is just as good as money for dining in.

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Sara

But don’t worry, you can still pack Walmart, target, airplanes, trains, etc. if your business is on the stock market, it’s fine!

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Patsy

Thank you Mr Cuomo, Thank you for taking care of us! It would be easy for you to do nothing and have fun playing golf!

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Give support not silly

Jill- Are you really that susceptible to brainwashing and propaganda? There are other options like ordering to go and having it delivered. Critical thought not your thing?

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Take Out or Delivery

Tyranny is what victims of the virus their families and hospital workers are living and dying with everyday. You sound like an agitator who probably doesn’t even frequent restaurants. You can still support your local restaurants by having food delivered or take away. Money is money, revenue is still revenue whether you sit inside outside, your living room or your dining room. Grow up.

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Liam

Wrong. Cuomo is violating property rights. You sound like someone who doesn’t own a business let alone a restaurant. You sound more like an entitled white liberal who feels fantastic in bossing people around. Most immigrants come to the US to own a business but now communist government is trying to take it away with a virus that’s a 99% survival rate. What’s coming youll regret.

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Take out or Delivery

Liam – Do you only speak in buzzword. The hallmark of a weak minded brainwashed puppet. Your statement point by point. 1- Cuomo is not violating property rights. You obviously know nothing about the four broad components of property rights and the health related guidelines and restrictions put in place by the Governors administration. 2- I’m neither Conservative or Liberal, just middle of the road like most Americans. 3- My family owned and operated a luncheonette on 43rd avenue and 49th Street throughout the 50’s & 60’s the we bought a bar on Skillman Avenue in the 70’s. Where I worked until I graduated St. John’s and took a position as Food and Beverage Director for Hilton Hotels. 4- “Bossing people around” is just a ridiculous statement hahaha I won’t even bother. Are you 12? 5- I find it hard to believe most immigrants come here wanting to own a business most I know came here for an array of reasons. 6-It’s not only about COVID deaths, the Governor is trying to prevent the hospital system from being overwhelmed again. The hospitalization rate for COVID-19 according to the CDC is 278.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 infected. COVID-19 death rate is currently 1.82% total 302,411 deaths and 3,083 daily deaths reported and climbing.Americans have died 2.5 times the rate of Canadians and 46 times the rate of Japan. Since you know it all please tell everyone the long term affects of the virus.

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