The Governor brought it back in September but increased virus infections have Governor Cuomo of New York shutting it down again….
Curbside and takeout are still allowed….
The dining industry in the city are not gonna be happy and will cost the city’s economy jobs and revenue…
But people take off their masks to eat and drink….
Cuomo has pointed out that private gatherings also drive the increase in virus cases…They ARE the main spreader, but the government has no way to stop people from seeing each other in private and the virus fatigue will be acute during a holiday season almost a year into the pandemic…
Cuomo is pushing to keep school’s open until the holiday recess and trying to also NOT shut down the states’ economy…
One walking around the state shows things actually moving along almost normally except that people are wearing masks….
As virus cases rose across the state this fall, Mr. Cuomo hesitated to impose the widespread restrictions that he implemented in March, when he limited restaurants and bars to takeout and delivery.
In October, the governor said he would shutter indoor dining only in the hardest-hit areas in the state, so-called microclusters. He briefly changed course in late November, saying he would shut down indoor dining citywide if the seven-day average test positivity rate hit 3 percent. He walked back that statement about a week later.
Mr. Cuomo and his aides have said that the state’s approach has changed to follow evolving guidance from epidemiologists. Until this week, the governor had focused much of his attention on parties and other indoor gatherings and had downplayed the risks of indoor dining, even as growing evidence suggested it was a significant source of the virus’s spread.
But on Monday, Mr. Cuomo had warned that he would curb indoor dining in regions where hospitalizations did not stabilize, citing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that described eating at indoor restaurants as a “particularly high-risk” activity.
Then on Friday, Mr. Cuomo said that contact tracing data showed that restaurants and bars were the fifth main source of new infections in the state, well behind household and social gatherings. The data is based only on those who give a response to contact tracers and does not capture every infection in the state, officials have said.
Of 46,000 cases between September and November, 1.43 percent could be linked to restaurants and bars, compared to 73.84 percent connected to private gatherings and 7.81 percent tied to the health care system, the second-largest source….