Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that limited indoor dining will return to Big Apple bars and restaurants beginning Valentine’s Day as the rate of new coronavirus infections in the five boroughs continues to tick down.
Local eateries have been pushing hard for the restoration of at least some indoor service as the coronavirus pandemic continues to crush their finances — and a string of cold snaps and winter storms has put a crimp on outdoor dining and further bitten into their bottom lines.
“Restaurants are open on Valentine’s Day, you could make a reservation now or plan dinner on Valentine’s Day,” Cuomo joked as he announced the policy.
The announcement comes two days after Cuomo first hinted that a restart of indoor service could be in the works earlier this week.
Under the rules, restaurants and bars will be required to remain at just 25 percent of capacity, a level that some proprietors say won’t provide enough revenue.
Indoor dining has already resumed everywhere else across the state.