Cuomo admits no plan to reopen NYC restaurants, enforce compliance: 'How is that gonna happen?'September 3, 2020
NYC restaurants keep struggling with unclear guidance from leaders
FOX Business’ Cheryl Casone gives an update on restaurants in New York City dealing with unclear timelines and restrictions for indoor dining.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he does not have a plan to allow New York City restaurants to reopen indoor dining, blaming difficulties with enforcing coronavirus restrictions during a conference call on Thursday.
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New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson released a statement on Wednesday declaring "it's time" for New York City to ease back into indoor dining, citing neighboring New Jersey's decision to do so.
After months of surviving with outdoor dining and takeout and delivery, city restaurant owners say the coming colder weather could be fatal for their businesses. While owners have tended to blame Mayor Bill de Blasio for lacking a plan to reopen dining rooms, Cuomo said any decision would need to be made by the state government.
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"That's not a decision that's going to be made by New York City," Cuomo said on Thursday. "They have no legal authority to make that decision. The state will make that decision, I happen to agree with the speaker. I'd like to see the restaurants open."
Having announced that casinos in the state and malls in New York City may reopen at limited capacity and with coronavirus regulations on Sept. 9, Cuomo said the state lacks the manpower to make sure restaurants are complying by any reopening guidelines and suggested that key discussions with local officials and the restaurant industry have not yet taken place.
"We're going to contact the speaker today and say, look, if New York City can say this many police, NYPD, can be put on a task force to monitor the compliance, that's something that we can discuss," Cuomo continued. "I'm going to say to the Restaurant Association that desperately wants to open, and I understand the economic pressure, can you tell me how we're going to enforce it, and how we're going to monitor compliance?"