New York restaurants reopen for Valentine’s Day

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.

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