City Island restaurants cheer lifting of curfew on indoor dining

Starting today, you'll be able to stay later at your favorite restaurant.

News 12 Staff

May 31, 2021, 11:42 AM

Updated 1,056 days ago

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New York took another step towards our next normal, with even more curfews being lifted around the state and city.
People are now able to stay later at their favorite restaurants, as New York state's midnight curfew on indoor dining was lifted.
That goes for indoor catered events as well, which had a 1 a.m. curfew.
For the past two weeks, customers also had to show a proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. Now, places no longer need to ask for those.
Restaurant owners are hoping the lifted curfew will bring sales up and help them financially recover from pandemic closures.
For the last year, a lot of the restaurants on City Island have been struggling to stay open, dealing with both the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions that have limited their hours.
At J.P.'s, they say they’ve been waiting for this curfew to be lifted. And while the seafood restaurant has gotten by on delivery and outdoor dining over the last year, they say a lot of their revenue comes during the 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. hours.
Strict COVID-19 rules must still be followed, including social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing when required.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the ease of restrictions is due to lower infection rates and higher vaccination numbers.


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