While Mayor Bill de Blasio stumbled over the indoor dining dilemma, Governor Andrew Cuomo acted decisively...well, sort of.
He will allow New York City restaurants to resume indoor dining on September 30, but only at 25 percent capacity. This compares to 50 percent capacity everywhere else in the state.
Why the difference? He cited New York City's "density" as a reason, but what's really "dense" is Cuomo's logic. Why is 50 percent indoor dining safe in Buffalo,
but not in Brooklyn? The city’s COVID-19 infection rate has been below 1 percent for over a month.
Along with this unfair disparity, Cuomo hit city restaurants with conditions not imposed elsewhere in the state. They must close at midnight and ask customers for contact tracing data
He also urged diners to notify the State Liquor Authority if a restaurant exceeds a 25 percent capacity limit. That means we must compromise our privacy and act as
snitches to serve his agenda.
Arrogant Andrew's chutzpah knows no limits. He recently wrote a book titled "American Crisis" - or had it ghostwritten for him - describing how he reduced New York State's COVID casualty count.
This despite the fact that 6,400 seniors died after his health commissioner ordered nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients. Cuomo's literary effort is like Harvey Weinstein writing a book about how he launched the Me Too movement.
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