New Yorkers, Closing Time Is Now Midnight


Bars and eating places in New York will quickly get an additional hour to serve clients, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced on Wednesday. Beginning on Monday April nineteenth, the earlier COVID-19 curfew of 11 p.m. might be prolonged to midnight statewide.

Catered occasions are additionally getting a curfew extension, from midnight to 1 a.m.

The announcement was not sudden, as Cuomo famous in March that the curfew can be reevaluated this month, and in New York Metropolis, we’re now seeing the “actual world” impact of COVID-19 vaccines.

The 11 p.m. curfew for bars and eating places (a whopping 5 hours earlier than New York’s traditionally late 4 a.m. closing time) has been in impact for months, and a few within the trade have been pushing to get a later curfew all through the pandemic.

Andrew Rigie of the NYC Hospitality Alliance cheered additional hour however stated it is not sufficient.

“The additional hour is nice information for eating places, bars and clients, however we have to additionally carry the rule that prohibits clients from being seated to eat at a bar in NYC, and revisit eradicating the requirement {that a} ‘meals merchandise’ be served with a drink,” Rigie stated in an announcement.

Whereas the curfew extension will assist the underside line, with an additional hour of gross sales for institutions which have suffered over the previous 12 months, the well being dangers are much less clear.

Epidemiologist Ellie Murray beforehand instructed NPR, “I’ve spoken with loads of different epidemiologists and public well being specialists, and we’re not likely certain in any respect the place the justification when it comes to the science for these curfews is. I believe that the belief from leaders which can be putting these curfews in impact is that some individuals will lower their deliberate actions due to the curfew.”

Murray famous that the actual concern was individuals transferring their social actions to a smaller house, growing the chance of COVID-19 unfold, or attending unlawful crowded events.