New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are being sued by restaurant and bar owners over indoor dining bans because of COVID-19 rates.
The indoor dining ban took effect in mid-December, however, outdoor dining, take out and deliveries are still allowed.
Indoor dining will close in New York City starting Monday.
Hospitalizations have not stabilized, and with a rising infection rate and NYC’s density, this means that indoor dining is too high of a risk.
Takeout, delivery and outdoor dining will continue.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 11, 2020
A group of restaurant and bar establishment owners filed the federal class-action lawsuit against Cuomo and de Blasio on Christmas day and the lawsuit argues indoor dining will “save lives.”
The New York Post reports:
“We ask for indoor dining to resume to save lives – not to risk them,” the Greater New York Merchants Alliance argues in a Manhattan federal court case filed on Christmas.
Also argued in the lawsuit is the COVID-19 state contact tracing data, where 1.43 percent of known exposure account from bars and restaurants versus exposure within homes and social gatherings at 73.84 percent.
New York is closing indoor dining on Monday.
Here’s the data on restaurants and spread of the virus: pic.twitter.com/AE1DX8av4F
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 12, 2020
The lawsuit argues more and more people will gather in homes and apartments and contends this will contribute to the spread of the virus due to the indoor dining ban and also cites, “There is no science or subsection of the New York or United States constitution that supports this dystopian edict.”
With the holiday season essentially over, the indoor dining ban fell within the window of restaurants’ busiest and lucrative time of year through parties, catering, and indoor dining celebrations.
Prior to the indoor dining ban, restaurants, and their suppliers were already struggling to keep their doors open due to the pandemic.
Peter's Meat Market on Arthur Avenue is one of many restaurant suppliers expected to be hit hard by the indoor dining ban.https://t.co/GsCYY26RSM
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) December 12, 2020
Cuomo and de Blasio are ignoring their state’s COVID-19 data and are punishing New Yorkers over this directive.