New York City is getting ready for phase three reopening on Monday, July 6. The city has met the Centers for Disease Control and state mandated requirements for a safe staged reopening, but city and state lawmakers are postponing indoor dining in New York City due to coronavirus spread concerns.
According to data collected by the Washington Post, many governors across the country, including some who had drawn scrutiny for initially playing down the virus’s risks, are issuing new safety restrictions, in some cases just weeks after the first round of guidelines had begun to lift. In recent weeks, three states — California, Florida and Texas — have implemented new policies that partly restrict restaurant or bar service. Nine others — Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico and North Carolina — have postponed or slowed reopening plans.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy also cancelled plans to allow indoor dining since that state saw some growth in its Covid-19 cases. New Jersey reopened just a short time ahead f New York State, ehich had the highest number of coronavirus infections in the nation.
Compliance with wearing masks and social distancing has been a problem in New York City. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been urging city leaders and restaurant owners to enforce social distancing since citizens have been making their own rules by overcrowding on city streets outside of bars and restaurants. The postponed indoor dining is still under review with no pending date future date.
Watch video below of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s announcement regarding phase three and cancelling indoor dining in the city.