NYC Restaurant Owners Protest Cuomo’s Indoor Dining Ban

Restaurant and bar owners in New York City are taking to the streets to vocally protest the recent ban on indoor dining. Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put the proverbial nail in the coffin for the restaurant industry when he banned indoor dining in the city in an attempt to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Restaurant and Bar Owners Find No Relief

It has been a rough year for the restaurant and bar industry because of the pandemic. After being forced to shut down all operations except for takeout in the spring, restaurants were finally allowed to open with limited capacity over the summer. A recent surge in cases led to Cuomo’s decision to ban indoor dining. As a result, the struggling industry has been forced to go back to the carryout model or outdoor dining. With winter weather in full swing, it is nearly impossible to lean on outdoor dining as a reliable option.

Protest in Times Square

The New York State Latino Restaurant, Bar and Lounge Association (NYSRBLA) organized the latest protest in Times Square. The vocal group marched and chanted starting at Father Duffy Square and continuing to Cuomo’s office located in Midtown East. Protestors pointed to the fact that the city’s COVID-19 tracing data shows that restaurants and bars account for just 1.43% of the spread of the virus.

Opponents of Ban Express Dire Situation

A recent report from the New York State Restaurant Association showed that approximately two-thirds of all restaurant owners said they will be forced to shut their doors by the end of the year if there is no federal comprehensive relief package.