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NYC Reports Uptick in Positive COVID-19 Cases Days Before Indoor Dining Return

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Plus, donations pour in to help support historic Queens bar Neir’s Tavern after a burglary — and more intel

A man wearing a mask walks down the street as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on September 28, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

COVID-19 positivity rates increase ahead of NYC’s return to indoor dining

Positive COVID-19 test rates rose to 1.93 percent on Monday, the New York Times reports, heightening concerns about a possible second shutdown in NYC. Gov. Andrew Cuomo attributed the rise primarily to new clusters that have been identified in Brooklyn. He also noted upticks in positive cases in Rockland and Orange Counties in the Hudson Valley, according to the Times.

Mayor Bill de Blasio previously said that if the rate of positive cases went above 2 percent in the city, he would reconsider allowing restaurants to return to indoor dining. Currently, restaurants are slated to reopen their dining rooms tomorrow at 25 percent capacity.

Earlier in the month, Gov. Cuomo said that he’d be “nervous” at reaching a 2 percent positivity rate, while a 3 percent positivity rate would be cause for alarm, according to the Times. On Tuesday, he reiterated that, for now, NYC wasn’t “at the point of rolling back anything.”

In a separate press conference on Tuesday, de Blasio confirmed that indoor dining will go ahead tomorrow, and clarified that the city may reevaluate the decision if positive test rates go above three percent on a rolling seven-day average.

Update, 12:45 p.m.: This post has been updated with comments from the mayor’s and governor’s press conferences on Tuesday.

In other news

— Donations have poured in to support historic Neir’s Tavern in Queens after it was burglarized last Friday. A GoFundMe set up to raise money for repairs and lost revenue met its $2,500 goal within 24 hours, reports.

— The Bronx Brewery has teamed up with its first-ever food partner, Empanology, to start collaborating on a food and beer menu that will feature items like the restaurant’s chopped cheese empanada paired with the brewery’s ‘World Gone Hazy’ IPA. Empanology will be open for outdoor dining and takeout daily from the brewery, with delivery options to follow, according to a restaurant spokesperson.

— The Post details the lengths that some NYC restaurants are going to in order to prepare for the return of indoor dining.

— Gramercy restaurant Laut Singapura is hosting a cocktail event from October 2 through October 4 featuring drinks based off of five of the World’s 50 Best Bars in Singapore. Tickets to the event are $75 apiece and include five cocktails paired with “savory bites.”

— Williamsburg restaurant and wine bar the Four Horsemen now has a Daymoves coffee cart stationed in front of the restaurant, serving coffee and La Bicyclette pastries Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

— A welcome addition to NYC’s outdoor dining lineup:

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