Since the pandemic forced most New York City businesses to shut down nine months ago, the restaurant industry has warned that it was facing a crisis.
Though many restaurateurs tried to adapt once some of the restrictions were lifted — shifting to takeout and delivery, then moving outside, then cautiously welcoming customers indoors — they say that they are still barely hanging on.
Now, New York City’s restaurants face yet another possible blow.
Andrew M. Cuomo, citing the growing spread of the coronavirus, announced a new restrictions model that could halt indoor dining in the city as soon as next week if hospitalization rates do not stabilize — a prospect he said seemed likely.
The move, which Mr. Cuomo positioned as in line with recent federal guidance regarding restaurants, could further devastate the industry at the same time that plunging temperatures threaten to keep customers away from outdoor dining.
Andrew M, Cuomo
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