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Indoor dining to resume in NYC by end of September

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says indoor dining can resume in New York City at the end of the month just one day after saying it couldn’t be done.

Restaurants will be allowed to welcome diners back indoors from September 30 at 25 percent capacity, Cuomo announced on Wednesday.

Cuomo said ‘strict restrictions’ will need to be in place in order to offer indoor dining again, including that restaurants have to close by midnight.

All diners must have their temperatures checked at the door and one member of each party has to provide contact information for tracing if needed.

There can be no service at the bar, Cuomo said.  

New Yorkers have also been asked to report any violations by phone or text.  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that indoor dining can resume in New York City from September 30 at 25 percent capacity

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that indoor dining can resume in New York City from September 30 at 25 percent capacity

Cuomo said 'strict restrictions' will need to be in place in order to offer indoor dining again, including that restaurants have to close by midnight

Cuomo said ‘strict restrictions’ will need to be in place in order to offer indoor dining again, including that restaurants have to close by midnight

The abrupt announcement comes just one day after insisting that indoor dining could not resume because he argued it would double the number of bars currently open and there was no one to enforce social distancing standards. 

The infection rate in New York City has been less than one percent for a month.   

A conglomerate of bar and restaurant owners had recently filed a lawsuit against the state for $2billion in damages, claiming they were being unfairly shackled and stopped from making money due to the lack of indoor dining.  

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