New York Drops Outdoor Dining Curfew

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There is no longer an outdoor dining curfew in effect in New York.

On Monday, the state removed its longstanding midnight curfew for outdoor dining. It also removed its 1 a.m. curfew for catered events, provided guests can provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.

New York plans to lift curfews for indoor dining in two weeks time.

These aren’t the only policy changes coming, either.

On Wednesday, the attendance limit for indoor catered events will increase to 250-500, provided guests can provide proof of vaccination or a negative test result. The limit for residential gatherings, meanwhile, will increase to 50, while large outdoor gatherings such as concerts and sporting events will be allowed to operate at 33% capacity.

These changes come as New York City looks to remove all pandemic-related restrictions—and effectively return to normal—in the very near future.

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“Our plan is to fully reopen New York City on July 1. We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength,” New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio told the New York Post recently. “We have poured over the science and the data. This is going to be the summer of New York City. You’re going to see amazing activities, cultural activities coming back. I think people are going to flock to New York City because they want to live again.”

“I think the best way to proceed here is to set out the city’s vision,” De Blasio added. “We’re going to work with the federal government, we’re going to work with the state government, but it’s quite clear it’s time to set a goal and move on that goal.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, has also shared his hopes that the state will return to normal very soon.

“Lifting these restrictions for restaurants, bars and catering companies will allow these businesses that have been devastated by the pandemic to begin to recover as we return to a new normal in a post-pandemic world,” Cuomo said in a recent statement.

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