Urgent push to boost NYC indoor dining to 50% before winter

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Restaurant owners push for 50% indoor dining in NYC
The rally will be held outside a restaurant in Midtown Manhattan.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Restaurant workers in New York City held a rally in support of increasing indoor dining capacity to 50%.

Wednesday's rally happened in Midtown Wednesday.

Owners say the 25% indoor dining cap isn't bringing in enough business.

They also worried they'll lose outdoor dining customers as the weather gets colder.

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The rally was held by Republican mayor hopeful Peter Guimaraes, one of the owners of midtown's Bice Cucina.

The rally was attended by fellow restaurant owners, chefs, bartenders, busbodys, and waiters.

"Although I understand that safety is all of our primary concerns, there are reasonable, practical and safety-driven measures that can be taken to allow for an increased indoor dining percentage, without which, restaurants cannot open in a sustainable way," Guimaraes said. "The restaurant industry in NYC will go out of business if no modifications are made."


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