Indoor dining is coming back to New York City, but in a limited capacity.
On Friday, January 29, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that limited indoor dining will be returning in the five boroughs just in time for the next commercial holiday.
That’s right, on February 14, or Valentine’s Day as you may know it, indoor dining will resume.
“Restaurants are open on Valentine’s Day, you could make a reservation now or plan dinner on Valentine’s Day,” Cuomo said, via the New York Post.
It’s convenient to reopen restaurants in time for a holiday that many couples celebrate by going to dinner together, but it’s positive that the city is beginning to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Restaurants and bars will be required to stay at 25 percent capacity.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 25.8 million confirmed cases and 433,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.