Cuomo set the 10 p.m. curfew in mid-November as the number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise in New York.
The rollback of the curfew was due, he said, to the decline in hospitalization and infection rates throughout the city and state.
Per his announcemnt:
"Our decisions are based on science and data and we adjust as the virus adjusts. The infection rate and hospitalizations have continued to significantly decline. Accordingly, we have adjusted with arena and catering hall openings with rigorous testing and limited capacity indoor dining openings in New York City. We will also move the restaurant and bar closing hour from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. statewide on Sunday. We will continue to follow the science and react accordingly. If we keep the infections down and vaccinations up, we will continue to stay ahead in the footrace against this invisible enemy."On Friday, Cuomo said that the NYC daily positivity rate was 3.91 percent — the lowest percent since Dec. 19.
As Eater noted, some in the restaurant industy were hoping for a midnight curfew. (Some are also hoping for a return of overnight subway service — especially for restaurant workers.)
News of the curfew rollback came on the same day as indoor dining — at 25 percent — returned to the city.
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