New York Restaurants Can Soon Stay Open Until Midnight

ALBANY, N.Y. -
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Diners at Junior’s Restaurant in New York, in September, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

New York will push back its curfew for food and drink establishments an hour to midnight, starting Monday, as the state continues to relax coronavirus-related restrictions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The governor also announced during a telephone briefing Wednesday that racing events will be able to accommodate spectators at 20% capacity starting April 23. Spectators will be required to wear a mask, social distance and provide proof of a recent negative test or completed vaccinations.

At the same time, Cuomo warned New Yorkers not to throw caution to the wind, saying “The disease is still very much with us.”

Statewide hospitalizations for the virus have fallen dramatically from a post-holiday peak of more than 9,000 people in January but remain above 4,000. About a quarter of New York residents have been fully vaccinated, according to state data.

Weddings and other catered events will be allowed to run until 1 a.m. instead of midnight as of Monday, the Democratic governor said.

Restaurants had pleaded for an end to the 11 p.m. curfew, saying that pandemic restrictions were hurting their business.

A similar curfew was lifted earlier this month for other entertainment venues.

Reporting by AP