With a relaxation of norms after months of battling Covid-19, New York is set to welcome the reopenings of Malls and Casinos, coming Wednesday. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced more reopenings in the state as new coronavirus infections remained low in the once epicenter of virus transmission.
After Gyms and fitness centers opening up across the state this week, the coming Wednesday will see malls reopening at 50 percent capacity and casinos statewide reopening at a 25 percent capacity. On Thursday, Cuomo expressed his gratitude by saying, “Thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers, we are at a point in our fight against this virus where we can safely reopen malls in New York City as long as they adhere to strict health and safety protocols. Masks enhanced air ventilation systems, and social distancing will be mandatory.”
Wading into the buzzing issue of reopening indoor dining in New York City, the Governor mentioned in a call with reporters that the final decision rested with the state. Cuomo said he would like to see restaurants reopen for indoor dining in the city but that compliance and enforcement remained a big hurdle in doing so. He added, “We open restaurants, that’s going to complicate by the hundreds if not thousands the number of establishments that need to be monitored.”
Indoor dining is allowed in New York state with the exception of New York City, where more than 300 restaurateurs recently filed a class-action lawsuit seeking $2bn in damages, according to media reports.
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson commented in favor of allowing indoor dining in the city, which is home to a thriving restaurant industry that was battered by the pandemic. Johnson stated, “It’s time to allow indoor dining in New York City with reduced capacity and clear guidance to ensure social distancing and safety.”
Gyms are currently operational in the city, at a 33 percent capacity, with floors rearranged so patrons can exercise more than 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart.