Fearing COVID-19 Resurgence, De Blasio Halts Indoor Dining Indefinitely

Posted on: July 2nd, 2020 at 5:07 am by

Photo: Orchard St. Block Association

Not so fast.

Phase 3 of the reopening plan is slated to launch on Monday. However, it arrives without the resumption of indoor dining at bars and restaurants, as initially conceived.

Mayor de Blasio announced the news at his morning presser yesterday, citing the nationwide surges of COVID-19 cases and the elevated dangers of indoor transmission. He cited projections from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Instutute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who stated the plausibility of seeing 100,000 new virus cases each day.

“Indoors is the problem more and more. The science is showing it more and more,” de Blasio said. “I want to make it very clear. We cannot go ahead at this point in time with indoor dining in New York City.”

This crucial phase still allows for the return of nail salons, tanning salons, spas, and massage parlors.

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