Beginning this Sunday, restaurants and other dining establishments statewide will be allowed to stay open until 11 p.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today the measures to extend the state’s curfew on late-night dining from 10 p.m., which was implemented back in November.
“Our decisions are based on science and data and we adjust as the virus adjusts,” said Gov. Cuomo. “The infection rate and hospitalizations have continued to significantly decline.”
This news comes as New York City eateries were given the green light to reopen today after being shut down the last two months.
With infection rates dropping in recent weeks, Cuomo has also loosened restrictions on the wedding industry, allowing up to 150 people at receptions (up from 50), beginning March 15.
In the sports world, Cuomo also released plans to add spectators back starting Feb. 23 in arenas and stadiums with a 10 percent cap on capacity.
“We will continue to follow the science and react accordingly,” said Cuomo. “If we keep the infections down and vaccinations up, we will continue to stay ahead in the footrace against this invisible enemy.”
Two weeks ago, Long Island restaurant owners held a rally calling on the state to lift the late-night dining ban.
Read about it below.