Cuomo: NYC restaurants can resume offering indoor dining starting on Valentine's Day
ALBANY – New York City restaurants can resume indoor dining Feb. 14, and wedding receptions of up to 150 people will be allowed statewide the next month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced.
Cuomo said Friday that he will allow New York City bars and restaurants to reopen their dining rooms at 25% capacity, reversing a citywide ban on indoor service that he put in place Dec. 11 as the state's COVID-19 rates rose.
The Democratic governor also announced a plan to allow wedding receptions beginning March 15 provided they follow certain rules and restrictions, limiting them to no more than 150 guests and requiring all guests and patrons to be tested for the virus before the event.
Cuomo said resuming indoor dining in New York City on Valentine's Day will allow restaurants time to recall staff and develop reopening plans.
"The restaurants want a period of time so they can notify workers, they can get up to speed," Cuomo said. "So we're saying indoor dining, 25% on Valentine's Day."
Cuomo made the announcement during his coronavirus briefing Friday in the Red Room of the state Capitol.
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Jon Campbell is a New York state government reporter for the USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at JCAMPBELL1@Gannett.com or on Twitter at @JonCampbellGAN.
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