The restaurants of “La Grosse Pomme” were able to reopen at 25% of their maximum capacity from Friday February 12, to prepare for Valentine’s Day
They had to close shop in mid-December to avoid a second wave of contamination. But Monday, February 8, during a press conference, the Democratic Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo finally authorized the restaurants to reopen on Friday, up to 25% of their maximum capacity.
Ready for Valentine’s Day
The New York governor had already announced on January 29 his desire to reopen restaurants for Valentine’s Day, usually a very busy day in catering.
The reopening was finally brought forward to Friday, February 12, under pressure from restaurateurs. “They argued that they would like to open a few days earlier to be ready for Valentine’s Day, orient staff, stock up in restaurants, and that’s a reasonable request,” said Andrew Cuomo.
The governor even decided to extend the curfew by one hour, originally scheduled for 10 p.m. throughout New York State for Valentine’s Day.
Until then, restaurants survived as best they could thanks to delivery and take-out services, but also thanks to the terrace service, which nevertheless became less popular during the winter period, reports the New York Times.
The Covid figures on the decline …
Andrew Cuomo’s decision comes as Covid-19 figures are dropping in New York. Every day, the governor posts an update on his Twitter. As of December 13, 2021, 6,888 people were hospitalized, or 869 less than last week, according to the official website of the State of New York.
Also according to this source, the average contamination rate per week is currently 4.75%, the lowest rate since that of December 26, 2020.
… are to be put into perspective
While the numbers are promising, New York City is by no means done. The New York Times is delaying these results, which remain, it is true, much better than during the first wave of Covid-19 which hit “the city that never sleeps” head-on in March 2020.
According to their estimates, when the governor announced the reopening of restaurants for the first time at the end of January, the number of people positive for Covid was on average 60 per 100,000 inhabitants, against 40,000 in mid-December, an increase of about 64 %. Ditto for hospitalizations, which rose from 209 to 335 per 100,000 inhabitants over the same period, ie 60% more.
A somewhat more mixed report than Governor Andrew Cuomo suggests, whose decision to reopen the restaurants is not unanimous. Especially since the CDC, centers that form the main federal agency in the United States for the protection of public health, warn on the high contagion potential of these convivial places.
Faced with these uncertainties, many restaurants, starred establishments and local bouis-bouis all confused, prefer to leave their curtain closed February 14, while waiting for sunny days.