NY to drop most restaurant restrictions on May 19

NY to drop most restaurant restrictions on May 19

Tables in a restaurant, for example, must continue to be spaced 6 feet apart. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has pledged to drop most restrictions in businesses within his state on June 15.

Certain protocols such as maintaining six feet of space between people will remain in place, Cuomo said, in line with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. So a restaurant or business could choose to test all customers or require vaccines and have people closer together.

"We've been moving them for the previous year by bus and I'm thrilled that we can once again provide them with safe and efficient overnight SUBWAY service as well, as more COVID restrictions on businesses are lifted", Sarah Feinberg, interim president of NYC Transit, said.

"It is irrefutable, when you look at the numbers, that New Yorkers have made tremendous progress", Cuomo said during a press briefing on Monday.

"We're going to make this a moment of opportunity", he said. When the federal guidelines change, NY will change. "I remind all New Yorkers who still need to get the vaccine that it's the only way to show support for our health providers who work tirelessly to get shot into people's arms - and for everyone in their community who is vulnerable to this virus". The outdoor residential gathering limit has been removed and the indoor residential gathering limit increases to 50 on May 19.

Meanwhile, indoor gathering limits will increase to 250 up to 500, with the latter being contingent on testing or proof of vaccination.

Those limits apply to a range of events including weddings and other celebrations, receptions and parties. "It will also apply in houses of worship", a release says. Capacity as stadiums will increase to 33 percent. The current mandatory closing time of midnight ends May 17 for outdoor dining areas and May 31 for indoor dining.

Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that the state is preparing for a "major reopening" on May 19, with most coronavirus-induced capacity restrictions to be lifted at that time.

Large indoor arenas with 1,500 seats and up will also continue to have a capacity limit. They'll be restricted to 30% of their maximum capacity starting May 19, up from 10% now.

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