Starting on Friday, March 19th, NYC restaurants can fill their dining rooms at 50% capacity. Governor Cuomo announced the new policy on Wednesday, in coordination with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (New Jersey restaurants can also open for 50% capacity starting on the same day).
New York City restaurants have been operating at 35% capacity indoors for the last two weeks, after Cuomo bumped it up from 25%.
Earlier this week, the governor also announced that the rest of the state’s restaurants could reopen their dining rooms at 75% on Friday, March 19th. But New York City’s restaurants were not initially mentioned in the plan.
The change comes just as the House and the Senate passed a new federal stimulus bill that includes specific restaurant relief in the form of $28.6 billion. Read more about how the new package will impact restaurants all across the country here.
NEW: Beginning March 19, restaurants in NYC will expand indoor dining to 50%.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 10, 2021
NJ restaurants will likewise expand to 50% capacity on March 19 @GovMurphy and I will work together to protect the public health.