Brooklyn Enterprise Group has 75% restaurant capability

This Monday, June 29, 2020, Imani Williams is cleaning the tables at Junior’s Restaurant in New York. AP Photo / Mark Lennihan, file

New York City is finally catching up with the state – New York restaurants and bars can be expanded to 75 percent capacity from May 7th.

Restaurants in other parts of the state were allowed to open up to 75 percent capacity on March 19. At that time, restaurants in New York City that were previously only allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity were only allowed to open 50 percent capacity.

The decision was widely welcomed by members of the hospitality industry and larger business communities.

Randy Peers, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, said, “The Brooklyn restaurant industry has been severely impacted by COVID-19 and the governor [Andrew] Cuomo’s announcements to reduce business restrictions, change curfew and increase indoor restaurant occupancy will greatly help our important small businesses and workers find a path to recovery. We look forward to working with Governor Cuomo’s administration to bring New York City back to business. “

Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, who represents the restaurant industry, said, “New York City’s hospitality industry has been decimated by the pandemic, and while there is still a long way to go, Governor Cuomo announced earlier this week Restaurant easing bar restrictions, and today’s news that indoor restaurant occupancy will rise to 75 percent in the five boroughs, give optimism to small business owners and workers who were devastated financially last year. “

According to new rules, which were passed by the state legislature and Cuomo however withdrew part of the power as “COVID-Tsar”, Lawmakers have had five days to review the governor’s decision since it was announced on Friday, and she can overturn it if they disagree.

This announcement builds on the other recent moves to reopen the hospitality industry further as COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates have steadily declined in New York. On April 28, Cuomo announced that the The curfew on food and drinks will be lifted at 12:00 noon For outdoor dining areas from May 17th and for indoor dining areas from May 31st. The governor also announced that the curfew on catering events where attendees have demonstrated vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result will be lifted from May 17, with the curfew on all catering events taking place on May 31st to be repealed.

Mark Jaffe, executive director of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, said, “On behalf of the 30,000+ business leaders we work with, the Chamber would like to welcome the governor’s vaccination distribution and precautionary measures that will allow us to regain the vibrancy and culture that the restaurant industry brings to all visitors. work and live in New York. “

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