“For this reason, I am calling for the suspension of indoor dining in New York City.”
Starting Friday, bars, restaurants and gyms won’t be allowed to operate past 10 p.m., under a new order from Gov. Cuomo. He also said private parties can include no more than 10 people.
The announcement came as the city’s seven-day average COVID positivity rate reached 2.52%, the highest level since June.
Saying his proposal “will deal a significant economic blow to restaurants that are already struggling,” Levine called for “federal financial assistance to help get these businesses through the difficult winter ahead.”
Restaurants have been allowed to serve customers indoors at 25% capacity since Sept. 30. After a massive effort, schools have been holding in-person classes since mid-September, though Mayor de Blasio previously said the city may end in-person schooling if the average COVID infection rate reaches 3%.
“If New York City closes schools but continues to allow indoor dining — which poses a far greater risk — then our priorities are backwards,” Levine stated.