April 14, 2021 By Christian Murray
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this afternoon that he is extending the 11 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants until midnight.
The change will go into effect Monday, April 19.
The announcement comes after bar and restaurant owners have been complaining that the 11 p.m. closing hour is too early, crimping their profits. Many say that they generate significant revenue late at night—particularly on weekends.
Indoor dining, however, is still restricted to 50 percent in New York City, although it is at 75 percent in the rest of the state.
The governor also said that the curfew for catered events has been extended from midnight to 1 a.m.
Cuomo, however, warned during his press briefing today that the pandemic is far from over.
“We caution New Yorkers…don’t get cocky,” he said. “The disease is still very much with us. You see it escalating in some states, you see it escalating in some countries. So, we have to stay smart until COVID is crushed.”
#BREAKING: Effective Monday, April 19, the curfew currently in place for bars & restaurants will be moving from 11pm to midnight.
The curfew for catered events will move from midnight to 1am.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 14, 2021