Indoor dining to resume at 25% capacity on Feb. 14: Gov

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Mario’s Restaurant on Arthur Avenue is one of only six Bronx restaurants to participate in NYC Restaurant Week this summer.
Photo courtesy Belmont BID

By Ben Verde

Now you have no excuse not to have a date this Valentine’s Day.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City restaurants will resume indoor dining at 25 percent capacity on Feb. 14, citing the city’s dropping infection rate and stating with confidence that positive tests will continue to fall.

According to state data, New York City’s infection rate peaked at 7.1 percent on Jan. 4, and has fallen to 4.9 percent since then. The state’s dataset differs from the City of New York’s data, which listed the city’s infection rate at over 8 percent today.

Cuomo also intends to allow weddings and wedding venues to operate again with up to 150 guests after March 15— with an emphasis on rapid Covid testing for all guests.

“You could make a reservation now or plan dinner on Valentine’s Day, you propose on Valentine’s day, and then you can have the wedding ceremony March 15, up to 150 people,” he said. “People will actually come to your wedding because you can tell them with the testing it will be safe, everyone there will have been tested.”

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