New York restaurants, which have not been able to serve indoor customers since mid-December, should be able to reopen for Valentine’s Day on February 14, thanks to the pandemic decline, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.
New York has seen signs of an epidemic decline since early January, with the epidemic entering a new peak that has fueled the holiday, Cuomo said.
According to the governor’s figures, the test positivity rate in New York itself has now dropped to 4.9 percent from 7.1 percent in early January.
“You can book a table now, plan your dinner, get married to someone for Valentine’s Day,” he joked.
He warned that despite the increase in variants of the coronavirus, especially in the British and more recently in South Africa, the reopening, which was limited to 25%, was conditional on “maintaining positivity rates at present”.
New York dining rooms were closed for the first time in the first spring, before reopening in late September, and then closed in mid – December to the obscenity of the restaurant sector, which is bloodless, as are all sectors connected with the tourism sector.
Open restaurants are often unsuccessful, setting up cabins or tents on the sidewalk. But as the temperature dropped – to -6 degrees Celsius on Friday afternoon – there was a shortage of consumers.