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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that indoor dining in New York City will expand to 75 percent of a restaurant’s capacity starting May 7.
That change will bring the Big Apple in line with eateries throughout the rest of the state, which have been operating at 75 percent since mid-March.
Gotham’s eateries were permitted to open up to 50 percent capacity on March 19, as the state started easing coronavirus restrictions following the holiday season.
“After a long and incredibly difficult fight, New York State is winning the war against COVID-19, and that means it’s time to loosen some restrictions put in place to protect the public health and help our local businesses,” Cuomo said.
“There’s no doubt that restaurants have been among the pandemic’s hardest hit businesses, and New York City’s thriving restaurant industry has found it challenging to keep staff and maintain profits.”
Hair salons, barber shops and other personal care services will also be permitted to accept patrons at a 75 percent capacity limit.
Gyms and fitness centers within the five boroughs will also be able to grow to 50 percent capacity on May 15.
Cuomo previously announced bar seating in the City may resume on May 3, and the statewide midnight curfew on bars and restaurants will end for outdoor seating on May 17 and May 31 for indoor dining.
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