New York City businesses hit hardest by the pandemic, such as restaurants, salons, and gyms, will soon be permitted to increase their capacity limits, but they will still not be able to expand to 100 percent capacity, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Friday.
Beginning May 7, restaurants will be able to expand indoor dining to 75 percent, and fitness centers will be allowed to expand to 50 percent capacity a week later, on May 15. However, the governor emphasized that masks and social distancing will still be required.
“The 6 foot social distancing requirement remains in effect in these establishments,” Cuomo said in a Friday statement.
“We must continue to do three things at once — increase vaccinations, maintain precautions, and reopen the economy. New York is doing it well and will continue,” he added:
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