Restaurant house owners and staff throughout New York City are fearing for his or her livelihoods after indoor eating was once more banned throughout town on Monday, because the mayor, Bill de Blasio, warned of the potential for a “full shutdown”.
In a big setback for town’s struggling restaurant trade, consuming inside might be suspended for not less than two weeks amid hovering Covid-19 instances and hospitalisation charges.
“We have to make heartbreaking phone calls to 16 employees, and they’re going to be in limbo,” John Winterman, co-owner of Francie, a brasserie in Brooklyn, informed the New York Times. “Which, in professional terms, sucks.”
It additionally comes as town prepares for its largest snowstorm in five years, anticipated to reach on Wednesday.
New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, introduced on Friday that he was reversing the choice to permit 25% capability indoor eating – which has been in place since 30 September, following a six-month shutdown – saying it was “one of the few areas that we think we can actually make a difference”.
Takeaway, supply and outside eating continues to be permitted.
According to metropolis knowledge, launched on Monday, New York had 185 new hospitalisations, 2,137 new instances and a seven-day common positivity fee of 5.5%. New York state recorded 10,194 new instances and 116 new deaths, the Johns Hopkins college tracker confirmed.
Speaking on Monday – when Queens ICU nurse Sandra Lindsay turned the primary American to get vaccinated – De Blasio mentioned there may very well be extra restrictions to return.
“There’s the potential of having to do a full pause, a full shutdown, in the coming weeks, because we can’t let this kind of momentum go,” he informed CNN.
“We’re seeing the kind of level of infection with the coronavirus we haven’t seen since May and we have got to stop that momentum – or else our hospital system will be threatened.”
According to the state’s contact tracing knowledge,