In a press conference on Monday, May 3rd, Governor Cuomo announced the expansion of New York City’s indoor dining capacity from 75% to 100% starting Wednesday, May 19th. This announcement is the latest update from the Governor’s recent series of policy changes aimed at loosening COVID restrictions for NYC businesses.
Last Friday, Governor Cuomo announced that restaurants would be allowed to reopen for indoor service at 75% capacity starting next Friday, May 7th. And just two days before that, the Governor announced that the outdoor dining curfew for NYC bars and restaurants would be lifted on May 17th, followed by a curfew lift for indoor dining on May 31st.
Cuomo has cited “increasing vaccination rates” as a key reason for loosening indoor capacity limits at bars and restaurants, as well as at other enclosed entertainment hubs like theaters and museums. “Anybody who can get a vaccine now can just walk in and get it — there is no barrier to a vaccine,” he said. The Governor also urged younger people to get vaccinated and says he’ll continue monitoring all of NYC’s Covid rates.
We’ll continue to update you as more information comes out - especially because this news is proof that our governor has high hopes for the city over the next few weeks.