New York restaurant groups call on Cuomo to lift the state’s dining curfew
Heavyweight restaurant industry groups in New York — including the NYC Hospitality Alliance, the Empire State Tavern Association, and the New York State Restaurant Association — are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to lift New York’s 10 p.m. dining curfew ahead of the Super Bowl on Sunday, amplifying earlier pressure by NYC restaurant owners for the same action.
The Empire State Tavern Association, which represents over 3,000 establishments in the state, is advocating for a pilot program to extend operating hours until 12 a.m. on Sunday in an effort to demonstrate that the same COVID-19 health safety compliance can be met in later hours, while allowing restaurateurs to add an extra table turn to service, the New York Post reports. The NYC Hospitality Alliance and the New York State Restaurant Association have made similar calls to lift the curfew, with Alliance executive director Andrew Rigie arguing that the curfew on Super Bowl Sunday will only drive more people to gather at unregulated home parties.
Cuomo first instated New York’s dining curfew in mid-November. At the time, Cuomo said that the curfew was put in place in part to discourage people from neighboring states with dining curfews — including New Jersey and Connecticut — from crossing state lines to eat later in New York and potentially contributing to COVID-19 spread. But now, New York’s 10 p.m. curfew is an outlier. Connecticut extended its dining curfew to 11 p.m. this week, and New Jersey and Massachusetts have both removed their dining curfews altogether.
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