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Cuomo WON’T reopen New York’s indoor eating but regardless of state transmission fee dropping under 1%


Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he isn’t planning on reopening indoor dining in New York City any time soon, but offered a message of hope saying he’ll lift some coronavirus restrictions later this week because the state’s rate of transmission has dropped below one percent.

On Monday the governor was asked if he’ll end the ban on indoor dining in the Big Apple, where locals brave the freezing cold for a restaurant meal. 

‘The indoor dining in New York City is a New York City specific condition and we’re not at this point contemplating any changes,’ he replied. 

Cuomo offered some good news saying the state has finally reached the end of the holiday spike period and the rate of transmission (RT) fell below 1.0 percent Monday for the first time since the latest surge. If the rate of transmission is at one or higher, it means COVID-19 will spread quickly.

‘When the positivity is down and the hospitalization rate is down and the infection rate is down and the RT rate is down then you can increase economic activity,’ Cuomo said Monday.  

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he isn’t planning on allowing indoor dining to open again in New York City any time soon, but offered a message of hope saying he’ll lift some coronavirus restrictions later this week because the state’s rate of transmission has dropped below one percent 

He noted how the state's rate of transmission is finally under one percent. If the rate of transmission is at one or higher, it means COVID-19 will spread quickly

He noted how the state’s rate of transmission is finally under one percent. If the rate of transmission is at one or higher, it means COVID-19 will spread quickly

On Monday the governor was asked if he'll end the ban on indoor dining in the Big Apple, where locals brave the freezing cold for a restaurant meal. 'The indoor dining in New York City is a New York City specific condition and we’re not at this point contemplating any changes,' he replied

On Monday the governor was asked if he’ll end the ban on indoor dining in the Big Apple, where locals brave the freezing cold for a restaurant meal. ‘The indoor dining in New York City is a New York City specific condition and we’re not at this point contemplating any changes,’ he replied

‘I think we’re at a new place now and we can start to adjust that valve and start to open up more economic activity and reduce some of the restrictions, like with the micro-cluster zones,’ he added. 

On Monday New York reported 167 new virus-related deaths and 8,730 current COVID hospitalizations, with 5.47 percent positivity rate.

Since the start of the pandemic there have been more than 1.3million cases of COVID-19 and more than 34,000 deaths in New York state.

The governor allowed elective surgeries to recommence in Erie County on Monday, the first of what he said would be a series of reopening measures to come in the next few days. He said the State Department of Health is evaluating the data now. 

‘We now feel comfortable resuming elective surgeries there and will have more adjustments over the next couple of days,’ he said Monday. 

‘This is good news, but don’t get cocky with COVID—this beast has been ahead of us from the beginning and it will require New Yorkers to stay vigilant, wash their hands, wear masks and socially distance to get to the light at the end of the tunnel together,’ he added.

However, many New Yorkers want eateries to reopen their doors again as the temperatures dip below freezing and locals have braved the cold to meet with friends to enjoy a meal outdoors. 

While outdoor dining offered restaurants a glimmer of home in the summer months amid the pandemic, now it may be the last lifeline for eateries struggling to keep their doors open amid coronavirus restrictions.

On Monday New York reported 167 new virus-related deaths and 8,730 current COVID hospitalizations, with 5.47 percent positivity rate

On Monday New York reported 167 new virus-related deaths and 8,730 current COVID hospitalizations, with 5.47 percent positivity rate

Many New Yorkers want eateries to reopen their doors again as the temperatures dip below freezing and locals have braved the cold to meet with friends to enjoy a meal outdoors

Many New Yorkers want eateries to reopen their doors again as the temperatures dip below freezing and locals have braved the cold to meet with friends to enjoy a meal outdoors

A view of people dining outdoors under a tent at Cafe Luxembourg in New York City on December 31 in Manhattan

A view of people dining outdoors under a tent at Cafe Luxembourg in New York City on December 31 in Manhattan

Now the New York State Restaurant Association is calling on the state to extend the curfew for restaurants from 10pm to 12am saying: 'We’re urging the state to take some small steps in that direction. Any help will go a long way toward the long-term survival of so many of our favorite restaurants.'  A view of outdoor dining at The Tap Room on the East Side on December 26 above

Now the New York State Restaurant Association is calling on the state to extend the curfew for restaurants from 10pm to 12am saying: ‘We’re urging the state to take some small steps in that direction. Any help will go a long way toward the long-term survival of so many of our favorite restaurants.’  A view of outdoor dining at The Tap Room on the East Side on December 26 above

‘The wind picks up, it gets a little chilly, but you know what, you just kind of deal with it. We all stick through it because this place is really special to us,’ Genevieve Feldmann, 35, said on her favorite restaurant St. James Gate to the New York Times.  

Now the New York State Restaurant Association is calling on the state to extend the curfew for restaurants from 10pm to 12am.

In a press release the association said: ‘Making amendments to state restrictions will give restaurants in New York City the opportunity for more business and allow upstate restaurants to seat an additional service that is not available under current curfew restrictions.’

‘We all know about the dire financial crisis facing the restaurant industry. And we all agree that we need to reopen the economy or there will be nothing left to reopen. We’re urging the state to take some small steps in that direction. Any help will go a long way toward the long-term survival of so many of our favorite restaurants,’ Melissa Fleischut, the president and CEO of NYSRA said.

zOn Monday Cuomo continued to blast the sluggish national vaccine rollout, but said the state has made great strides and has inoculated 72 percent of its hospital workers.

On Monday Cuomo noted that the percentage of vaccinated NY hospital staff has jumped from 63% to 72% in a week and 52% of those inocualted are people over the age of 65. A view of a nursing home resident at the Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on January 15 above

He noted that the percentage of vaccinated NY hospital staff has jumped from 63% to 72% in a week and 52% of those inocualted are people over the age of 65 on January 23

Registered Nurse Shyun Lin, left, gives Roberto Fisher, 72, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site in the William Reid Apartments in the Brooklyn borough of New York on January 23

: A medical worker stands outside of a mobile COVID-19 testing lab in Brooklyn as the city begins to run low on the vaccine doses on January 22

: A medical worker stands outside of a mobile COVID-19 testing lab in Brooklyn as the city begins to run low on the vaccine doses on January 22

The move comes as neighboring states eliminate curfews and adjust capacity limits on restaurants in Massachusetts and indoor dining was allowed to reopen in Philadelphia last week.

On Monday Cuomo continued to blast the sluggish national vaccine rollout, but said the state has made great strides and has inoculated 72 percent of its hospital workers. 

‘I understand the frustration with limited vaccine supply. I’m frustrated, too. This is a national issue – not just a new NY one. Until supply is increased, patience is hard but necessary,’ Cuomo said.

So far nearly 630,000 total doses have been administered in New York City thus far. Mayor Bill De Blasio says the city has about 19,000 first doses currently on hand and expects fewer than 110,000 to come in this week. 

As for vaccinations, Cuomo has said that New York City’s planned 24/7 vaccine mega-sites at Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, and Empire Outlets on Staten Island are postponed until the city can get a 200,000 shot-a-week-supply – nearly double what’s slated to come in this week – officials said Monday. 

More than 7million New Yorkers are now eligible for the vaccine and the state is inoculating about 80,000 people a day on average.

But at a weekly federal allocation of first doses around 250,0000 it’ll take half a year to just five the first shots to everyone eligible, as per NBC New York.

To date, New York has administered more than 1.5million first doses and more than 140,000 second doses.

The federal week 6 allocaion arrived over the weekend bringing 250,400 first and 428,100 second doses across the state’s distribution network.

On Monday Cuomo said New York state administered 91 percent of all first doses delivered from Week 1 of the vaccine rollout through now.

Meanwhile De Blasio is pushing for the city to reach its goal of delivering at least one shot to one million New Yorkers by the end of the month.



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