State of NYC restaurants amid COVID-19 Omicron surge

Restaurants across the city have been hit hard by the pandemic. The recent spike in COVID cases due to the Omicron variant is adding another burden for restaurant owners who are working hard to keep their businesses running.
Dining plans are changing for some New Yorkers who now opt for take-out amid the rise of the Omicron variant. The recent surge in Omicron cases is not only impacting customers, but also causing a staffing shortage for restaurants across the city with some struggling to keep their doors open.
While dozens of restaurants closed temporarily due to the current wave of COVID cases, Chez Oskar owner Charlotta Janssen has been working to keep her restaurant from closing relying heavily on outdoor dining structures to serve customers safely. It's a measure she says has been a saving grace throughout the pandemic.
As restaurant owners navigate the pandemic, a new executive order signed by Mayor Eric Adams will help businesses already facing so many challenges by reducing fines and penalties for violations.
This week, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the return of to-go cocktails to help restaurants bring in more business. Restaurant owners are championing these efforts, calling them critical to helping restaurants survive.