Governor Cuomo rejected growing calls to allow indoor dining at hard-hit New York City restaurants — even as New Jersey plans to permit their reopening at 25 percent of normal capacity on Friday, NYPost reported. The comments came after Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested nothing will change until there’s some “huge step forward” in fighting the coronavirus, possibly in the form of “a vaccine in the spring that will allow us to get more back to normal.”
- Worth Noting: State Budget Director Rob Mujica also admitted that officials had “no specific metric” to decide when Big Apple eateries can reopen their doors.
- Time is not on our side: More than half of the industry’s 300,000 workers in the city are already unemployed, and only 1,300 of the city’s 25,000 restaurants and bars have closed permanently so far. The city’s COVID-19 infection rate stands at 0.59 percent – we should give the industry a shot at survival in the safest way possible. [NYPost]