De Blasio and Cuomo spar over NYC indoor dining

De Blasio and Cuomo spar over NYC indoor dining

The state government will also increase the number of law enforcement personnel.

"Despite New York's success in containing the coronavirus, unprecedented numbers of New Yorkers are unemployed, facing homelessness, or otherwise at risk", the letter states.

Melissa Fleischut, President and CEO, New York State Restaurant Association said, "Today's announcement comes at a pivotal time for the restaurant industry in New York City, and we would like to thank Governor Cuomo for recognizing this and providing hope to the thousands of restaurants based here in the culinary capital of the world".

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Cuomo stressed the future of indoor dining depends on the city's infection rate.

Restaurant owners in New York City have had all they can stomach of the COVID-19 crackdown.

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NY now has 442,791 confirmed cases of the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. "Working with the state and public health officials, we've achieved a plan that puts health and safety first by including strict capacity limits, a close monitoring of citywide positive testing rates and a coordinated inspection regimen", he said.

Cuomo's announcement comes after a group of some 100 restaurant owners from Brooklyn and Staten Island filed a $2 billion class-action lawsuit (pdf) against him and de Blasio on August 28 over their continued indoor dining ban.

"S$3 tates across the country that previously reopened indoor dining are experiencing upticks in COVID-19 cases", Cuomo's office announced on July 1. "We will get out on the other side of this together, but in the meantime we have to stay New York Tough".

The city had allowed restaurants to offer outdoor dining on June 20. "This is a New York City-only modification because frankly it's a problem that is most pronounced in New York City".

New corona virus infections have been on the decline for seven weeks in a row on the opposite coast of the United States, but the nationwide death toll since the outbreak in March has surpassed 190,000, according to Reuters.

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