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NYC and State Lawmakers Call for Indoor Dining Shutdown With Rising COVID-19 Cases

Plus, Pearl River Mart is closing its Tribeca flagship next month — and more intel

People have lunch at Chelsea Square Restaurant as New York City restaurants open for limited capacity indoor dining on October 1, 2020 in New York.
Manhattan elected officials have renewed calls for an indoor dining ban
Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images

Elected officials in NYC are calling for the city to be declared an orange zone

Following the rise in COVID-19 cases citywide — the positivity rate now stands at five percent on a seven-day rolling average — a group of elected officials have renewed calls to designate all of New York City an orange zone, AM New York reports. If the city enacts the classification, restaurants would have to shut down indoor dining, and would be limited to outdoor seating, takeout, and delivery.

On Sunday, City Council member Mark Levine, along with his council colleague Carlina Rivera, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, and State Assembly member Richard Gottfried, issued a joint statement calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to issue the new restrictions. “Targeted neighborhood measures are not sufficient at this point because community spread is now city-wide, and because New Yorkers are highly mobile, moving frequently between neighborhoods,” part of the letter reads. Levine and several other local elected officials have been calling for such limits for nearly a month now, arguing that the federal government should agree on a new stimulus bill that will allow restaurants to remain closed without having to worry about making money.

So far, Cuomo has resisted calls for citywide designations and instead, he’s been in favor of a micro-cluster approach, arguing that this method is the most effective in combating the spread and ensuring minimal business disruption.

In other news

— The iconic Pearl River Mart is leaving its Tribeca flagship next month after failed negotiations with the landlord, and due to the downturn in business caused by the pandemic.

— Lower East Side’s the the Garret Cocteleria has added a new holiday pop-up serving drinks like a hot toddy with Guajillo pepper-infused bourbon, and a hot cocoa with mezcal. Feliz Cocteleria, located at 349 Broome Street, near Elizabeth Street, will run through January 10 next year.

— Danny Meyer’s pizzeria Marta has reopened for pickup and delivery from 4 to 9 p.m. daily. The Union Square Hospitality Group restaurant has transformed its pizza menu into calzones since they travel better than Marta’s thin pies.

— Daniel Presti, one of the owners of the Staten Island bar that continually defied the city’s COVID-19-related curfew, was arrested for the second time Sunday after trying to flee his restaurant and hitting a sheriff in the process.

— Sunnyside Irish bar the Gaslight has reopened after a months-long revamp as the Goat, a new craft beers and cocktails establishment.

New York Times style magazine recently profiled Beatrice Tosti di Valminuta, the co-owner of Lower East Side institution Il Posto Accanto.

— The City takes a look at NYC food delivery workers who have banded together to demand fair wages, areas to shelter from the cold, and access to bathrooms.

— The struggle is real: