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After A Year Long Hiatus Bar Seating Is Back In The Big Apple

New York, NY (77WABC)-Today is the first day in over a year that people can sit down and enjoy a drink at a bar at an establishment in NYC. Covid-19 prohibited bar seating in an effort to distance customers to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly Covid-19 viral pandemic. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted the restriction. Also Cuomo is allowing NYC restaurants to move to 75% indoor capacity as of this Friday. This brings New York City in line with the rest of New York State.

Cuomo also announced that hair salons, barbershops, and other personal care services will expand to 75 percent capacity beginning May 7. New York City gyms and fitness centers will expand to 50 percent capacity beginning May 15. All changes are subject to state public health guidance including social distancing and masks.

The Governor also announced that he will rescind the Executive Order establishing the micro-cluster zone strategy in light of New York State’s progress against the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicable state public health guidance must still be followed for all industries.

“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,” Governor 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. We’re easing restrictions on restaurants, personal care services, and gyms to put more money in the pockets of small business owners and working people in New York City, which was hit so hard by the pandemic but, I have no doubt, will come back stronger than ever.”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this morning that NYC’s Covid-19 vaccination rate stands at 6,630,935 doses given. The city-wide 7 day rolling average for Covid-19 continues to decline at 2.78%. It is higher than the rate announced over the weekend by Cuomo of 1. 49% (per 100,000) persons statewide.


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