In regular occasions, snacks like popcorn and pretzels would meet that meals requirement, however within the present setting they don’t, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo mentioned in an interview after the announcement. To fulfill the brand new requirement, bars and eating places should serve one thing extra carefully resembling a meal, he mentioned.
With instances rising throughout the nation, Mr. Cuomo has harassed the significance of bars and eating places — and their patrons — complying with social-distancing pointers. The brand new guidelines are supposed to scale back crowds exterior bars and eating places.
“We’re nonetheless seeing points,” Mr. Cuomo mentioned, “not simply within the bars and eating places, however all throughout the nation.”
The governor, citing what he mentioned was a “vital proof of failure to conform” with social-distancing rules, mentioned any bar or restaurant in New York Metropolis that acquired three violations could be shut down. Even with no third violation, violations which might be “egregious” may end up in the quick lack of liquor license or closure, officers mentioned.
Whereas Mr. Cuomo mentioned that New York Metropolis remained on observe to maneuver into Part four of reopening on Monday, indoor actions outlined in that stage would stay on maintain. A remaining determination on whether or not the town will transfer into Part four can be introduced by Friday afternoon, he mentioned.
Beneath the state’s pointers, areas in Part four can usually reopen zoos, historic websites and museums, in addition to malls with “enhanced” air-filtration methods. Exterior New York Metropolis, the remainder of the state has already eased these restrictions. Some museums within the metropolis, together with the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, had beforehand announced plans to wait till late August or September to reopen. When requested whether or not these goal dates have been doubtless, Mr. Cuomo mentioned museums “can plan to reopen,” however added that “we’ll see what the details say” when August comes.
At his every day briefing earlier within the day, New York Metropolis’s mayor mentioned that out of doors companies are anticipated to nonetheless be on observe, however that indoor actions have been giving him pause.