City to End Dining Curfew, Bring Back Bar Seating

This article was first published on ilovetheupperwestside.com.

Governor Cuomo has announced in a press release that the current curfew for bars and restaurants will soon be lifted, and that NYC patrons will soon be able to sit at bar counters.

Starting on May 3, bar seating will be allowed again (after more than a year), and private catered events at apartments can resume with a “gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.”

The midnight food and beverage service curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining areas beginning May 17 and for indoor dining areas beginning May 31.

These changes come after many small steps, including earlier curfews of 8pm and 10pm and the return of indoor dining at a 25% capacity on Valentine’s Day.

In a statement, Cuomo said that “Lifting these restrictions for restaurants, bars and catering companies will allow these businesses that have been devastated by the pandemic to begin to recover as we return to a new normal in a post-pandemic world. To be clear: we will only be able to maintain this progress if everyone gets the COVID vaccine. It is the weapon that will will the war and we need everyone to take it, otherwise we risk going backward.”

Meanwhile, another press release states that Mayor de Blasio is aiming to have NYC fully reopened by July 1, and he’s tapping restaurateur Danny Meyer as the new chair for the New York City Economic Development Corporation board.

“At a time when Union Square was a place that was struggling, Danny Meyer was one of the people that turned it around and that started a lot of other turnarounds in New York City that helped to make us strong. He went on to remake the New York City dining scene – Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, and, of course, Shake Shack – beloved by all. And so, we need that spirit. We need that innovation. We need that energy. We need that sense of hope,” said the mayor.

Meyer expressed appreciation for the upcoming curfew lift in a recent tweet.

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