Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a news conference in New York on Monday, May, 3, 2021, to announce that capacity restrictions for most types of businesses will end statewide beginning May 19.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo was ripped Monday for announcing a “major reopening” of the state — while keeping restrictions that will hamstring restaurants from opening at full capacity.
Cuomo said current COVID-19 capacity limits on businesses including eateries would be lifted May 19, calling the move “a milestone for New York state and a significant moment of transition” at a press conference.
But Cuomo also added that businesses that don’t require proof of a negative coronavirus test or vaccination from patrons will still have to keep 6-foot social distancing in place — which one industry leader said would effectively cut into the number of customers they can have at one time.
“It’s still not a full reopening,” Andrew Rigie, head of the New York City Hospitality Alliance trade group, told The Post.
The lifting of capacity restrictions “doesn’t help restaurants because you can’t have 6-foot social distancing and 100 percent occupancy, so until social-distancing requirements are lifted, the vast majority of restaurants won’t have 100 percent indoor occupancy,” he said.
The state’s edict is confusing at best, Rigie added.
“It’s all good news continuing in the right direction,” he said of Cuomo’s announcement.
“But we need full details on what proof of showing vaccine or proof of a negative COVID test means in terms of proving 100 percent occupancy.”
Originally published at https://nypost.com/2021/05/03/nyc-restaurants-to-cuomo-its-still-not-a-full-reopening/ on .