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Restaurants and bars in New York can stay open until midnight starting April 19

The time limitation for New York state restaurants and bars will be extended until midnight starting next week. The move, which amplifies the current 11 p.m. time limit for food businesses by one hour, goes into effect Monday, April 19.

It’s a minor win for restaurant and bar owners who have been calling on elected authorities to lift the state’s pandemic time limit for months and seen only incremental change. Gov. Cuomo already expanded the time limitation for New York food businesses from 10 to 11 p.m. in February, citing a decrease within the COVID-19 positivity rate and hospitalizations at that time.

The reaction from restaurateurs to the ongoing time limit has been more blended. A few proprietors saying lifting the time limit might be more advantageous than the state raising indoor capacity limits.

Industry exchange groups and local lawmakers, in the meantime, have been speaking out against the time limit for months, calling it an unjustifiable, “arbitrary” confinement that hampers their capacity to bring in income due to prior order cutoff times. The time limitation expansion could be a step in the right direction, but there are still other regulations that restaurateurs and bar proprietors would like to see removed.

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