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Andrew Cuomo reinstates indoor dining in New York City -- but restrictions apply

September 9, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 31: A table stands empty at a permanently closed restaurant in Manhattan on August 31, 2020 in New York City. While New York City restaurants are currently permitted to serve take-out and to offer sidewalk dining, they are not allowed to offer indoor dining due to Covid-19 and there are currently no plans to let them begin indoor dining. As restaurants across the city continue to suffer financially and to close, a group of 100 restaurant owners from Brooklyn and Staten Island have banded together to launch a class-action lawsuit against the city over its refusal to allow indoor dining. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York City restaurants will be allowed to resume indoor dining, with strict restrictions.

New York (CNN Business)New York City restaurants will be allowed to resume indoor dining, with strict restrictions.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that restaurants can restart indoor dining on September 30, but they will be limited to operating at 25% capacity.

The announcement comes after many restaurants have been struggling to stay afloat after being forced to shutter in March during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly 64% of restaurateurs said they are likely or somewhat likely to close by the end of this year unless they receive financial relief, according to a survey of more than 1,000 restaurant owners conducted by the New York State Restaurant Association.

Roughly 55% of those restaurant owners who said they are likely to close said they expect to shut down before November.

And restaurants also pose a possible risk, concentration of people inside with indoor dining. "

Cuomo noted that the state of New York had set a deadline of November 1 to reassess if the state will allow up to 50% capacity in New York City restaurants.

The double in capacity for indoor dining is contingent upon the infection rate staying below its current rate of 0. 91% across the state, Cuomo said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio nodded to Cuomo's announcement in a statement about indoor dining, noting that it was a "contributing factor" to spikes in other countries, specifically in Europe.

If the coronavirus starts to re-surge you're not going to see a lot of things, including indoor dining," De Blasio said.

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