New York City Bar and Restaurant Curfew Extended Until Midnight

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that the curfew in place for bars and restaurants will move from 11 p.m. to midnight on April 19. 

He also announced that the curfew for catered events will move from midnight to 1 a.m.

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“#BREAKING: Effective Monday, April 19, the curfew currently in place for bars & restaurants will be moving from 11pm to midnight,” Cuomo tweeted. “The curfew for catered events will move from midnight to 1am.”

This announcement follows last month’s news that restaurants in the city could offer indoor dining at half-capacity beginning on March 19. Cuomo increased restaurants’ capacity for indoor dining from 35 percent in collaboration with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, as the number of positive cases of the coronavirus declined around the city. Just prior, Cuomo announced that restaurants in New York outside the city can offer indoor dining at a 75 percent capacity.

The restaurant industry has been hard hit by emergency measures enacted nearly a year ago to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, including bans on indoor dining. 

Eateries were forced to switch to takeout or delivery-only models, causing many restaurant owners to struggle to pay their rent bills. On top of that, more than 200,00 workers were laid off, and thousands of eateries aren’t expected to survive.