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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding a news conference Tuesday as the state continues to carefully reopen more businesses in New York City and prepares to return students and teachers to the classrooms while safeguarding against the coronavirus.
New York has reported a Covid-19 infection rate below 1% for more than four weeks as it prepares for its schools, including the largest school district in the country in New York City, to return students to the classroom this fall. Democratic Gov. Cuomo announced last week that casinos across the state and malls in New York City will be allowed to reopen with modified capacity beginning Wednesday.
The governor, however, has yet to grant New York City restaurants the ability to reopen their dining rooms for indoor service, unlike other parts of the state. Restaurants in the Big Apple have been operating over the summer through takeout and outdoor dining, but they can’t serve patrons inside. Cuomo said on Thursday that indoor dining in the city is still on hold because local officials have struggled to enforce the state’s previous orders.
“I want to open the restaurants in New York City,” Cuomo said on a call last week. “I don’t know how we’re going to do the compliance and, by the way, I am open to any suggestions.”