New York State restaurants reopen for outdoor dining
Good news for foodies in the New York area
After a long and arduous lockdown, restaurants and eateries in the state of New York have been given the green light to open their doors again for outdoor dining starting from 4 June.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo has granted permission to reopen in the seven regions of the State: Central New York, Finger Lakes, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, Western New York and Capital Region. This specific permission does not include NYC, but all five boroughs of New York City proper are also expected to begin phase 1 of reopening in the upcoming days.
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Restaurants that reopen are going to have to space their tables two meters apart and staff members will be required to wear face masks at all times. Diners are also going to be asked to wear masks when they aren't sitting at their table. According to a report by Eater New York, businesses will need a special permit from relevant authorities in order to set up tables outside.
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The state of New York, and New York City in particular, has been hard hit by the outbreak with one of the highest numbers of confirmed cases per capita in the world, which is why it's probably going to take a while for things to get back to normal and some iconic locations aren't going to open again.
Gem Spa in Greenwich Village, Gotham Bar and Grill on 14th Street and Coogan's, an Irish pub located in Manhattan, just to name a few, recently announced their permanent closure. Even the Paris Cafe, located at South Street Seaport, is reportedly going to close down for good after 147 years in business. Pete O'Connell, owner of Paris Cafe, said that because of the outbreak of Covid, "we are unable to forge a way forward that makes economic sense. We had no option but to close our doors.”
According to the National Restaurant Association, more than 8 million employees have been laid off or furloughed in the restaurant business as of the end of May. It's sad but the only thing we can do is keep moving, onwards and upwards, waiting for the City that Never Sleeps to rise up again.