Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the ban on indoor dining in New York City will be lifted on September 30, a boost to the city’s recovery from the pandemic that will end its status as one of the few places in the country with a complete prohibition.
The governor’s announcement, which will allow restaurants to open internal tables with 25 percent capacity, could be a major milestone in the New York City coronavirus crisis, with restaurants forming a critical component of the city’s economy and of the current moribund tourist goods, and an integral part of the common vibrant fabric of society.
The announcement comes more than two months after the governor and Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped a plan to reopen the restaurant in restaurants, citing ongoing concerns about the coronavirus, which has killed more than 30,000 people. in New York. But the infection rate in the state is kept below 1 percent for several weeks straight, allowing the removal of some restrictions.
“Because compliance is better, we can take the next step,” the governor said.
Mr. Cuomo said restaurants are allowed to use a quarter of their indoor tables starting at the end of the month, which is three weeks away, and around when the autumn weather is likely to put chill on the outdoor tables. Additional restrictions will also apply to restaurants and their customers, including a requirement to wear face masks when not sitting.
In recent weeks, as the state has cracked down on bars that violate social exclusion rules, Mr. Cuomo said he is concerned about implementing restaurants, leaving the task to Mr. de Blasio to find a way to check compliance.
Mr. Cuomo, a long-term Democrat, closed dining rooms across the state in March, while the coronavirus climbed into the state, though food delivery and retrieval were still available.
However, even though other parts of the state opened their dining rooms in late spring, the city’s interior tables remained closed, even though many restaurants played the game and in some cases were successful. to enter the sidewalk service.
Although there are plans to reopen Sept. 30, restrictions in New York City will be even stricter than in other parts of the state, where restaurants operate using half of their indoor tables.