Gov Cuomo Bans Indoor Dining in New York Over COVID-19 Rates

Democrat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ban on indoor dining over COVID-19 rates starts today in New York’s five boroughs for at least two weeks.

Outdoor dining, take out and deliveries are still allowed.

However, according to the COVID-19 state contact tracing data, 1.43 percent of known exposure account from bars and restaurants versus exposure within homes and social gatherings at 73.84 percent.

Spectrum News New York 1 reports:

Although only 1.4% of New York’s coronavirus infections could be traced back to restaurants and bars, the city’s dense population makes it particularly susceptible to spreading the virus more quickly, Cuomo said.

Cuomo is implementing a one size fits all mandate that ignores the science regarding those at most risk from the virus.

The holiday season is here and the indoor dining ban falls within the window of restaurants’ busiest and lucrative time of year through parties, catering, and indoor dining celebrations.

Restaurants and their suppliers were already struggling to keep their doors open due to the pandemic.

Critics of Cuomo’s indoor dining ban commented on social media.

While numerous restaurants in New York invested in providing outdoor dining seating accommodations, dealing with the winter weather will be challenging to provide a warm and comfortable dining environment.

The data shows New York restaurants have a low rate of spreading the virus but that doesn’t resonate with Cuomo’s decision to ban indoor dining for at least two weeks.

Cuomo’s indoor dining mandate over COVID-19 rates will further erode the chances for restaurants and jobs in the food-service industry to survive.