Governor Andrew Cuomo has released updated COVID rules for bars and restaurants across New York State.
On Wednesday, Cuomo’s office released updated guidelines for hospitality establishments operating outside of New York City. This guideline applies until 70 percent of adults over the age of 18 have had at least one vaccination.
On Monday, Cuomo announced that most of the remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted once 70 percent of New Yorkers aged 18 or older have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series.
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As of Wednesday afternoon, 69.1 percent of New York City adults have at least one vaccine dose, meaning the state is nine-tenths percent off the benchmark where most COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
While the updated guidelines are unlikely to take long for New York to hit 70 percent, bars and restaurants across the state must follow these updated guidelines.
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See full guidelines and HERE. The New York State Restaurant Association highlighted the following new guidelines:
- The lifting of all social distancing and capacity measures for vaccinated people in bars and restaurants.
- People who are not vaccinated or who have an unknown vaccination status must continue to wear masks and distance themselves socially.
- For restaurants and events below the social gathering line, companies do not need to check vaccination status and can operate on the honor system.
- All vaccinated employees are allowed to work without wearing a mask and without social distancing.
- There is no longer a limit on the number of people per table, but social distancing is required when multiple parties are seated at a communal table in a restaurant.
- Event contact tracking requirements are now limited to events that exceed the social gathering limit and no longer require the date of birth to be recorded.
- Buffets can be open as usual, but must be watched by a member of staff nearby.
- It is no longer necessary to roll cutlery forward.
- Events that exceed the limit of 250 people indoors and the limit of 500 people outdoors, tests and vaccinations will persist.
- The lifting of all social distancing measures and capacity for vaccinated people at events below the limit of 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.
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