New York City is slowly coming back to life as new corona virus cases are declining in the United States. After two months of closure, restaurants are again allowed to serve food in the dining room. They were currently limited to field service. An important breath for an industry devastated by the corona virus infection. At least a quarter of the city’s restaurants are already out of business.
With our correspondent in New York, Labna Anaki
At this Indian restaurant in Manhattan, bookings for indoor meals have been on the rise since Friday, February 12th. Owners like Jimmy Rizvi, who has been restricted to eating on the terrace since December 11, welcome the easing of restrictions. “ We are very happy despite many more difficulties, He explains. We must ensure the safety of our customers and our staff. »
For now, capacity is limited to 25% and restaurants should close at 11pm. But with New York facing a freezing winter, this is essential, according to Jimmy Rizvi: People don’t like to eat out. There are installations with heat, but that is not enough. They asked us anyway “Can’t we be inside? ” .
Loosening these restrictions is very important because it comes on the most important weekends with the Valentine’s Day party. Most New Yorkers, though careful, say they are happy to be able to eat or drink hot. ” It’s super cold now, Said one of them. Good to be inside . « Given the status of the virus and the fact that it still exists, I still like to eat on the terrace Says another.
Restaurants and bars in New York Hard hit Since the onset of the epidemic, it is hoped that these new measures will allow them to survive the winter and better cope with the crisis.
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