Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to find new ways to alienate the little guy, this time threatening to close outdoor dining at New York City restaurants after some businesses said they were considering legal action against the state’s open-ended ban on indoor service.

Operators say they have received little information from either the city or the state on when and under what conditions they can fully re-open:

“All we’re asking for is communication,” Alfredo Angueira, owner of several restaurants in the Bronx, said during the press conference. “We have bills that have been mounting. We need guidance. The fabric of New York City is at stake, in terms of what this city is going to look like going forward.”

Cuomo did his bit of communicating, saying NYC restaurant and bar owners:

…have not been as zealous as operators in neighboring areas about enforcing mask requirements, discouraging the gathering of crowds and maintaining social distancing among their patrons. He has repeatedly railed against establishments in the city for allowing customers to congregate in large numbers outdoors as they socialize, linger over drinks and violate alcohol service rules.

The indoor dining ban was supposed to end in early July but was extended indefinitely due to a rise in the number of coronavirus cases. Cuomo said, “he may suspend outdoor service to counter a possible flare-up of new coronavirus infections, the second wave expected by many health experts.”

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