Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday catering inside New York City could increase capacity to 35% and set several other historic easing of restrictions in the event of a pandemic. Currently, meals inside are limited to 25% of capacity. The new limits will be pushed back from February 26.
The move comes as the state progresses gradually as the pandemic appears to be abating. Last week, Cuomo said indoor sporting events would be allowed to have a limited number of fans for the first time since last year. The New York Knicks subsequently sold their allocation of available seats.
Outside of New York City, the rest of the state currently allows indoor dining at 50% capacity. The 35% capacity matches the levels in place in neighboring New Jersey.
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“Obviously we’re more sensitive in New York because of the density, the focus, the history, but we’re going in the right direction,” Cuomo said. “The numbers continue to be good, we will continue to progress.”
Limited wedding receptions can resume in mid-March with a 50% capacity limit and a maximum attendance of 150 people. Cuomo also said colleges in New York City could resume classes in person as long as test scores do not exceed 5% positivity in a 14-day period.
The seven-day moving average of new daily cases in New York City was 3,656, the lowest level since December.