Hudson Valley restaurants cheer lifting of curfew on indoor dining
COVID-19 restrictions are continuing to ease, including the curfew on indoor dining and catered events across the Hudson Valley and the state.
People are now able to stay later at their favorite restaurants, as New York state's midnight curfew on indoor dining was lifted.
That goes for indoor catered events as well, which had a 1 a.m. curfew.
For the past two weeks, customers also had to show a proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. Now, places no longer need to ask for those.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the ease of restrictions is due to lower infection rates and higher vaccination numbers. As of Monday, nearly 57% of New Yorkers age 18 and up completed their vaccine series and the state says a new statewide seven-day positivity rate average has been reached at 0.67%.
Restaurant owners are hoping the lifted curfew will bring sales up and help them financially recover from pandemic closures.