After a whole month has passed since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo clamped down on indoor dining, many New Yorkers were able to dine-in at restos last Valentine’s Day. The Governor of New York had announced the lifting of the dine-in restriction two weeks before February 14, to give restaurant operators ample time to prepare, by stocking up their supplies and in notifying their respective employees. Customers had to book as early as possible as indoor dining is still restricted to only 25% of the restaurant’s capacity.
This new development once again gave hope to restaurant owners in the city as they have been often times let down by the on and off restrictions imposed in NY’s restaurant industry. Many who were forced to shut down during the previous lockdown orders have given up and have given notices for final closure. As a result, the repeated open and close orders of that affected numerous bars and restaurants in NY City, thousands of people lost their jobs, which left them without any source of income.
Now here’s the thing, Governor Cuomo said that there is still a possibility that plans may change if ever the present cases of coronavirus get worse.
How New Yorkers Responded to Gov. Cuomo’s Announcement
Upon hearing the NY Gov.’s announcement, not a few New Yorkers did not waste time, as they knew many will book reservations for February 14. After all, with the way things have been, dining in on Valentine’s Day will make the occasion special for their loved ones. According to Cafe Luxembourg’s managers Judi Wong, they were deluged with calls for reservations right after the governor’s announcement.
Nonetheless, Wong stated that they are now accustomed to responding to changes as they are have prepared for every announcement modifying restrictions. In fact they already have outdoor tents outfitted with heat lamps.
Cote, a K-BBQ steak house located in the Flatiron district was ready to serve a hundred of customers, as 50 customers preferred to dine in the outdoor section. According to owner Simon Kim, more than a hundred New Yorkers have already reserved seats in the steak house not only for Valentine’s day but for other days of the week as well.