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De Blasio and Cuomo spar over NYC indoor dining

Mayor Bill de Blasio split with Governor Cuomo’s plan to allow indoor dining in New York City, saying he wanted a later opening date and a firm requirement to shut restaurants back down if infection rates jump to 2 percent, Politico reported. Cuomo, who ultimately controls the decision, agreed only to reevaluate the decision if infection rates jump.

  • Backdrop: Cuomo cleared indoor restaurants to reopen on Sept. 30 with 25 percent of their usual tables. They’ll also be required to check customers’ temperatures at the door and collect personal information for contact tracing. Seating at bars will be banned.
  • Feud continues: The mayor said he only got a brief heads up before the governor announced the plan. Despite his disagreements with the state rules, de Blasio said it was “good news” that indoor restaurants would finally be allowed to open. [Politico]

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