Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrated the end to the state’s midnight indoor dining curfew for New York City on Monday — after more than year of various capacity and hour restrictions on restaurants.
“Like every other milestone of our reopening, the end of curfew for indoor dining is the result of New Yorkers banding together, practicing safety precautions and getting vaccinated, so we can defeat the virus and work our way towards a new normal,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“Our reopening approach has always been data-based and if we want to stay on our current trajectory, we need to remain vigilant across the board — especially when it comes to indoor activities,” the third-term Democratic governor added. “As always, we will continue to work with our local partners to make sure venues are following basic safety guidelines.”
The statement comes after the governor announced on April 28 that Big Apple patrons on May 31 would no longer be subject to curfews inside bars and restaurants, which the restaurant industry has lobbied against for months.
Bar seating returned on May 3, and outdoor eatery curfews were lifted on May 17, as the COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decline and more New Yorkers get vaccinated.