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    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- With Los Angeles set to enact a proof of vaccination mandate for indoor restaurants on Nov. 8, whether local In-N-Out restaurants will comply remains unclear.Meanwhile, another Bay Area In-N-Out Burger is in trouble for not conducting vaccination checks on its customers.San Francisco had previously shut down an In-N-Out in that city for failing to perform the checks. Now one of the burger chain's locations in Contra Costa County has been fined twice for the same reason."As a company, In-N-Out Burger strongly believes in the highest form of customer service and to us that means serving all customers who visit us and making all customers feel welcome," an In-N-Out corporate executive said in statement. "We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government."In an interview with San Francisco's KPIX, customer Michelle Woolard described vaccine mandates as "government overreach.""We're eating here tonight because we ant to support In-N-Out," she said.
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone who wants to dine indoors at a restaurant, see a performance or go to the gym, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday, making it the first big city in the U.S. to impose such restrictions. The new requirement, which will be phased in over several weeks in August and September, is the most aggressive step the city has taken yet to curb a surge in cases caused by the delta variant. People will have to show proof that they have had at least one dose of a vaccine. “The only way to patronize these establishments indoors will be if you’re vaccinated,” de Blasio said. “The goal here is to convince everyone that this is the time. If we’re going to stop the delta variant, the time is now. And that means getting vaccinated right now.” The Democrat said some details still need to be worked out, including rules affecting children under 12, who are not yet eligible for any of the approved vaccines. The...
    New York City is set to become the first city in the United States where proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for indoor dining at restaurants and for entry at gyms. Enforcement of the new program will begin on Monday, Sept. 13. The rule also applies to indoor entertainment and performances. Mayor Bill de Blasio said he knows some will not agree with the measure, but he said will be lifesaving, as it will guarantee a higher level of vaccination.  Customers will be required to use the Excelsior app, the city's digital app or show a paper card to enter indoor venues. 
    NEW YORK -- New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone who wants to dine indoors at a restaurant, see a performance or go to the gym, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday, making it the first big city in the U.S. to impose such restrictions.The new requirement, which will be phased in over several weeks in August and September, is the most aggressive step the city has taken yet to curb a surge in cases caused by the Delta variant. People will have to show proof that they have had at least one dose of a vaccine."The only way to patronize these establishments indoors will be if you're vaccinated," de Blasio said. "The goal here is to convince everyone that this is the time. If we're going to stop the Delta variant, the time is now. And that means getting vaccinated right now."The Democrat said some details of how the program will work still need to be worked out. The policy will go into effect on Aug. 16 but inspections and enforcement won't begin until...
    By KAREN MATTHEWS | The Associated Press NEW YORK  — New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone who wants to dine indoors at a restaurant, see a performance or go to the gym, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday, making it the first big city in the U.S. to impose such restrictions. The new requirement, which will be phased in over several weeks in August and September, is the most aggressive step the city has taken yet to curb a surge in cases caused by the Delta variant. People will have to show proof that they have had at least one dose of a vaccine. “The only way to patronize these establishments indoors will be if you’re vaccinated,” de Blasio said. “The goal here is to convince everyone that this is the time. If we’re going to stop the Delta variant, the time is now. And that means getting vaccinated right now.” The Democrat said some details of how the program will work still need to be worked out. The policy will go into effect...
    NEW YORK (AP) — NYC mayor says indoor dining and gyms will require vaccination proof, making it 1st big US city to impose such rules. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Mentone will mark an unusual milestone Friday. For the first time since its opening, the Aptos restaurant from Michelin-starred chef-owner David Kinch will invite guests to dine indoors. Mentone had made an unusual debut last year as a takeout-only operation — necessitated by the unprecedented COVID shutdown that had just been put in place. “We had no choice,” Kinch said at the time, noting that his new place, with its France-and-Italy-meet-on-the-California-coast focus, had been two years in the making. “We have managers on salary. We have a burn rate. How much would we lose a month?” he added, ticking off the bills restaurants incur, open or not. So he and his team carved out safe working environments inside the well-ventilated, high-ceiling space for themselves, set up a touch-free, online payment protocol for customers and fired up the Valoriani wood-fueled oven. At first the restaurant offered only pizzas, salads and Sunday suppers to go — with Kinch himself folding pizza boxes in the empty restaurant. Then when Santa Cruz County eased restrictions, outdoor dining was added on a patio dubbed “Little...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Health officials have announced that Los Angeles County will officially move into the state's less-restrictive red tier on Monday, with the state achieving a milestone of 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in hard-hit communities and prompting an easing of requirements for counties to advance in the economic-reopening blueprint.County officials said the move out of the purple tier and into red will be effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday, meaning indoor dining can return and movie theaters and indoor fitness centers can reopen, all at limited capacity.It had been uncertain whether the county would align itself with state guidelines or opt to keep more stringent restrictions in place, but in guidance released Thursday, several types of businesses and activities will be allowed under that tier.As of Thursday morning, the state had administered 1,971,784 vaccine doses in those low-income communities.L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer had previously said that the county was expected to officially advance to the red tier 48 hours after the state met a vaccination threshold.RELATED: Newsom says state about to hit vaccination target, letting...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Health officials have announced that Los Angeles County will officially move into the state's less-restrictive red tier on Monday, with the state achieving a milestone of 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in hard-hit communities and prompting an easing of requirements for counties to advance in the economic-reopening blueprint.County officials said the move out of the purple tier and into red will be effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday, meaning indoor dining can return and movie theaters and indoor fitness centers can reopen, all at limited capacity.It had been uncertain whether the county would align itself with state guidelines or opt to keep more stringent restrictions in place, but in guidance released Thursday, several types of businesses and activities will be allowed under that tier.As of Thursday morning, the state had administered 1,971,784 vaccine doses in those low-income communities.L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer had previously said that the county was expected to officially advance to the red tier 48 hours after the state met a vaccination threshold.RELATED: Newsom says state about to hit vaccination target, letting...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- When Los Angeles County moves into the less-restrictive red tier, which is expected to happen sometime next week, movie theaters can reopen and indoor dining will once again be allowed with reduced capacity and other restrictions in place.It had been uncertain whether the county would align itself with state guidelines or opt to keep more stringent restrictions in place, but in guidance released Thursday, several types of businesses and activities will be allowed under that tier.DEVELOPING: This is a breaking news story and will be updated. A previous story is below. Gov. Gavin Newsom has confirmed that Los Angeles County will be cleared to escape the most restrictive tier of the state's economic-reopening blueprint by Friday, when a goal will be met of administering 2 million COVID-19 vaccines in low-income, hard-hit communities across California.Meanwhile a decision is expected Thursday on whether Los Angeles County will allow all businesses under the less-restrictive "red'' tier to actually reopen, most notably indoor dining at restaurants.Under a plan announced last week, once the state hits the 2 million-dose milestone in...
    HADDONFIELD, N.J. (CBS) — Gov. Phil Murphy is throwing another lifeline to New Jersey’s struggling bar and restaurant industry. Indoor dining will soon be allowed to increase to 50% capacity. Restrictions continue to loosen in the Garden State. One welcomed change will help the service industry tremendously, one of the industries that has been hit the hardest over the past year. READ MORE: Philadelphia Police: Man Crashes Car Into Center City Building “Additionally, effective next Friday, same date, we are also announcing changes to our general gathering limits,” Murphy said. On March 19, indoor dining capacity limits increase from 35% to 50%. It’s a big step closer to normalcy for restaurant owners. “We took a big risk and we opened in the middle of the pandemic, in October, which was very hard,” Rida Massoud, owner of Li Beirut, said. Li Beirut is a Lebanese restaurant in Collingswood, and opening up during the middle of a pandemic has not been easy, especially with state restrictions on capacity limits. READ MORE: Woman Rushed To Hospital After Two-Vehicle Crash In Germantown “This is...
    Restaurants in New York City and New Jersey can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% by March 19, the states' governors have announced - despite the states continuing to lead the nation in new coronavirus cases. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that his decision to expand dining in New York City was made in partnership with New Jersey Gov. Philip Murphy. Both New York and New Jersey reported a seven-day average of 37 new COVID-19 cases daily for every 100,000 residents, The New York Times reported.  'We will continue to follow the science and react accordingly,' Cuomo said in a join statement by the Democratic governors. It came just days after Cuomo announced that indoor dining in New York State - but not including the Big Apple - could increase from 50% to 75% on March 19. New York City restaurants are currently allowed to provide indoor service at 35% capacity, up from 25% a few weeks ago.  The city's dining establishments operated with limited indoor capacity for months, including a closure from December to February when cases rose.   ...
    Los Angeles County is poised to potentially lift some coronavirus-related economic restrictions as soon as this weekend, but whether indoor dining will be among the reopenings remains an open question at this point. Restaurant dining rooms have been largely off-limits to the public countywide since July. But with the county set to progress into the red tier — the second rung up California’s reopening ladder — those spaces could once again be open at limited capacity, provided health officials sign off. While California allows limited indoor dining for counties in the red tier, local health officers have the power to keep more stringent rules in place, if they think doing so is warranted. During a briefing Wednesday. L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer did not specify how, or whether, the county-specific rules might ultimately differ, as health officials are still discussing that with the Board of Supervisors and representatives from relevant business sectors. “We’re working on the guidance for restaurants, for movie theaters, for personal care sites — all of which have really different opportunities while we’re...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Every county in Southern California is still in the most restrictive purple tier, but Los Angeles County could move into the red tier as soon as this weekend, which would allow more businesses to reopen.However, with the county's public health director continuing to warn of a potential new surge in COVID cases, it remained unclear if the county will immediately allow the reopening of all businesses included in the red tier -- particularly indoor restaurant dining."We will run the risk of delaying the pandemic if we don't continue to reduce transmission while our vaccination numbers pick up," Barbara Ferrer told the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. "This is especially true during this time of the year when students are on spring break and we prepare to celebrate spring holidays."On Tuesday, the county's state-adjusted rate of daily new COVID-19 cases fell to 5.2 per 100,000 residents, qualifying the county to move up to the less-restrictive red tier.Under previous state guidelines, the county would need to maintain the low level of new cases for two weeks before...
    TUSTIN (CBSLA) — As Orange County’s COVID-19 metrics continued to move closer to the less-restrictive red tier Wednesday, restaurant workers began to prepare for the possibility of indoor dining returning. Orange County restaurant owners hope that lower COVID case numbers are a sign that the county will be moving from the most-restrictive purple to the red tier in the coming weeks. READ MORE: Former CA Senator John Moorlach Infected With COVID-19 Business has dropped 35 percent at Christakis Greek Cuisine since indoor dining has stopped. (credit: CBSLA) At Christakis Greek Cuisine restaurant in Tustin, staff and customers were counting down the days until the dining room can reopen for business. The tables in the dining room have been sitting empty since November, but that’s expected to change soon. “We’re excited that there’s some movement hopefully,” said one customer. Under the red tier, restaurants would be permitted to reopen indoors at 25 percent capacity. “I’m looking forward to that,” said customer Angel Carrzaco. “So hopefully, knock on wood, we’re almost there.” Meanwhile, all retail would be allowed to double the current...
    Indoor dining will resume in New York City on Friday February 12th, two days earlier than planned, Gov. Cuomo announced on Monday morning.  
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has reversed his position on allowing restaurant workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine, adding them to the current eligibility phase at the discretion of local heath departments in the state. Cuomo said on Tuesday that restaurant workers, taxi drivers and people in developmentally disabled facilities could join Phase 1B of vaccination, if local governments allow it. It came just a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a desperate plea to the governor, begging him to allow restaurant workers to join the ranks of eligibility as the city's restaurants prepare to reopen dining at 25 percent capacity on February 14. Phase 1B, which is currently eligible for vaccination, already includes first responders, teachers, grocery store workers, and anyone over the age of 65, and Cuomo said that with the vaccine supply expected to expand 20 percent in the next month, cities could add the new categories if they choose.  Scroll down for video  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has reversed his ban on allowing restaurant workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine,...
    What’s Gov got to do with it? Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that limited indoor dining will return to Big Apple bars and restaurants beginning Valentine’s Day as the rate of new coronavirus infections in the five boroughs continues to tick down. Local eateries have been pushing hard for the restoration of at least some indoor service as the coronavirus pandemic continues to crush their finances — and a string of cold snaps and winter storms has put a crimp on outdoor dining and further bitten into their bottom lines. “Restaurants are open on Valentine’s Day, you could make a reservation now or plan dinner on Valentine’s Day,” Cuomo joked as he announced the policy. The governor also OK’d indoor wedding ceremonies with venues at 50 percent of capacity — up to 150 people total — beginning in mid-March, provided attendees have been tested for the coronavirus and have their temperatures checked at the doors. Local health departments, Cuomo added, will be tasked with enforcing the rules. The announcement comes two days after Cuomo first hinted earlier this week that a...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — As the State of Illinois eases restriction for indoor dining, there is capacity confusion for Chicago restaurants. But the city is standing firm on a 25% limit. In the West Loop there is a constant flow of customers walking through the doors at Swift and Sons. Outside people can be found eating in tents and even spruced up yurts. “We are spending a lot of money right now to be COVID safe,” said General Manager Wesley Conger. That is why Conger cannot understand the discrepancies restaurants are getting from the state and city about expanding beyond the 25% capacity for indoor dinning. “Confused is I guess the best way to put,” she said. “We get so many different things from so many different places.” Next week the state is willing to expanding indoor dining including Cook County and Chicago, but city officials are not ready to give the OK just yet. “I think we’re all wondering how much more time do we need,” Conger said. The state says Chicago has seen enough consecutive days where the positivity rate...
    More On: Coronavirus in NY DOJ will decide whether to probe Gov. Cuomo on nursing home deaths: WH NYC waits for vaccines and reopening: Post’s week in photos Finally, Gov. Cuomo is called to task Cuomo’s under-fire health chief finally releases tally of COVID deaths in NY nursing homes Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that limited indoor dining will return to Big Apple bars and restaurants beginning Valentine’s Day as the rate of new coronavirus infections in the five boroughs continues to tick down. Local eateries have been pushing hard for the restoration of at least some indoor service as the coronavirus pandemic continues to crush their finances — and a string of cold snaps and winter storms has put a crimp on outdoor dining and further bitten into their bottom lines. “Restaurants are open on Valentine’s Day, you could make a reservation now or plan dinner on Valentine’s Day,” Cuomo joked as he announced the policy. The announcement comes two days after Cuomo first hinted that a restart of indoor service could be in the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Will and Kankakee counties became the latest part of the state to allow for indoor service at restaurants and bars, after the state loosened COVID-19 restrictions on Thursday. The two counties which make up Region 7 of Illinois moved from Tier 3 to Tier 1 of the state’s regional virus mitigation plan. Under the new rules for Region 7, indoor dining and bar service will be allowed with a capacity limit of the lesser of 25 people or 25% of normal capacity per room, and no more than four people per table. Bars and restaurants also must be closed between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., and reservations are limited to 2 hours. In addition, museums can reopen with a limit of 25% capacity, with a limit of 50 people for guided tours, and admittance only via advance ticket sales. Masks and social distancing also are required inside. Gyms and fitness centers also can reopen at 50% capacity, with group classes of up to 50 people. Masks and social distancing also are required inside. Casinos may reopen at...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Indoor dining may be back in some Chicago suburbs as Will and Kankakee counties are expected to move to Tier 1. In Will County some restaurants already have customers inside and spaced out, defying rules, but for those who followed them, they are excited to get customers back. Khizer Ahmed, owner of Desi Diner, let many workers go as most of his revenue is gone. “Hundreds of thousands of dollars I’ve lost this year,” he said. “My place’s value has gone down. My business value has gone down.” Still, he made a promise to stick only to takeout orders as the state’s mandate to shut down indoor dining has been in effect for months. “Because I don’t take any risk for myself for my employees or the customers, too,” he said. Thursday will be the first day in weeks he’ll have people inside. The Illinois Department of Health says Region 7, which includes Will and Kankakee counties, is on track to open indoor dining at 25% capacity. The area had to have a decrease in hospitalizations and the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she is open to indoor dining, but Gov. JB Pritzker says not yet. While we wait and see, some restaurants say they have no choice but to break the rules. They tell CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross it’s about survival. There was a line Friday for carryout outside of Paul’s in Elgin. But inside customer’s were being served food. The owner said she is doing it to keep the lights on and staff employed. They are only allowing 25% capacity and say others are defying state recommendations, so why not do it responsibly? “I’m not saying I’m defying anything because it’s not a law,” she said. Scott Stanley, owner of Stanley’s Ale House and Restaurant, is having people in and having them take precautions. “Everyone’s wearing masks,” he said. “Our customers are when they leave their tables. The tables are separated. Many are removed. I have 8 thousand square feet. I can spread em out.” Stanley says because he is allowing indoor dining it has allowed him to keep more than a dozen employees....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says a Monticello restaurant, Cornerstone Café, reached a settlement with his office after violating indoor dining restrictions in December. By the terms of the consent judgement accepted by Wright County District Court Tuesday, Ellison said the restaurant will give up the profits it made while violating the order — $10,000 — and will also fully comply with executive orders and future executive orders. If the restaurant violates the settlement terms, it is liable to pay a civil penalty of $25,000 to the State of Minnesota. “I thank this establishment for agreeing to meet its responsibility to help all Minnesotans stop the spread of COVID-19 and congratulate it on rejoining the vast majority of Minnesota bars and restaurants that are already doing so,” Ellison said. “It brings me no joy to bring enforcement actions, because our top priority has always been education and voluntarily compliance and enforcement has always been a last resort. Today’s settlement can be a sign to the very small handful of establishments that are violating the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Restaurants are eagerly waiting to hear if indoor dining will resume in Philadelphia this weekend. City officials are expected to announce their decision on Tuesday afternoon. Last Friday, Mayor Jim Kenney announced the city still plans to allow “limited indoor dining” to resume on Saturday, Jan. 16. “Assuming we don’t have a spike in COVID-19 cases between now and Jan. 15, we plan to allow limited indoor dining to resume on Jan. 16,” Kenney wrote in a tweet. “We will provide details at next Tuesday’s COVID press conference, and guidance will be added to our website at that time.” Assuming we dont have a spike in COVID-19 cases between now and Jan. 15, we plan to allow limited indoor dining to resume on Jan. 16. We will provide details at next Tuesdays COVID press conference, and guidance will be added to our website at that time. https://t.co/foUDH6pd87 — Jim #MaskUpPHL Kenney (@PhillyMayor) January 8, 2021 Kenney and city officials are expected to provide more details during the city’s COVID-19 response briefing at 1 p.m. The press...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Starting Monday, COVID restrictions will be relaxed for Minnesota restaurants and bars, which have been running as take-out-only for nearly two months. But in Minneapolis, bar areas will still have to remain closed, Mayor Jacob Frey announced on Friday. On Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz said that restaurants and bars may reopen at 50% capacity for indoor dining. Restaurant tables will be able to seat up to six people, and bars can seat groups of two. However, sitting and gathering around bars in Minneapolis will remain prohibited in a move to try and keep restaurants and bars open long-term, instead of needing to close after a surge in virus cases. The decision, Frey’s office said, will be reviewed again in two weeks. Frey initially closed bar areas in restaurants and other indoor spaces in July. At the time, more than 50% of new cases in Minneapolis could be traced back to young adults under the age of 35 who had been exposed in bars or gatherings with friends and family. In June and July, before the emergency regulation was...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Pennsylvania Secretary of Health said Monday more than 135,000 residents have been vaccinated for COVID-19. However, she warns it will take time to vaccinate the entire population. “Our vaccine allocation from the federal government does fluctuate from week to week as well as the delivery schedule all through operation warp speed. This does make planning challenging. We know it is hard to ask people to be patient, as we take on this unprecedented task,” Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. Levine says that systems are still being set up to vaccinate healthcare workers not affiliated with healthcare facilities. Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, some of the coronavirus restrictions were lifted Monday morning. Gyms in Pennsylvania are back open and restaurants can resume indoor dining. Gyms and casinos can also reopen. Indoor sports can also resume in the state and after-school activities are back on. Mask mandates remain in effect. However, in Philadelphia, indoor dining, theaters and indoor organized sports are still banned until Jan. 15. MORE ON CBSPHILLY.COM  16-Year-Old Boy Shot In Head, Critically Wounded...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Today, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced temporary COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted Monday. That means indoor dining can resume and gyms can reopen in some areas. And in New Jersey, youth sports will be allowed to resume this weekend. These were temporary measures designed to control the spread of COVID through the holidays. It’s too early to say if they worked, but governors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania today said there was no need to extend the restrictions. “The fight against this dangerous disease is not over. We all need to stay the course,” Gov. Wolf said. Wolf is still urging caution as he announced the lifting of certain restrictions in Pennsylvania. Activities and businesses reopening Jan. 4 include: Indoor dining Gyms Casinos Theaters In-person sports Extracurricular school activities “This does not mean that we’re out of the woods,” Wolf said. The planned lifting of restrictions comes as cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania have plateaued, along with hospitalizations and deaths. “If we get complacent and let case numbers go back up, the danger to...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — In a press conference held on Monday by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, she confirmed that the restrictions placed by the Department of Health over two weeks ago would not be lifted before January 4 and would not give any clear indications on whether those restrictions could possibly be extended beyond January 4. “We’ll be having those discussions with the Governor’s Office and making our recommendations obviously this week in preparation for January 4,” Levine said. Levine would not elaborate on any potential plans after January 4 when asked by reporters. Levine also said that as of Monday, there have been “no reports of complications or any reactions in Pennsylvania” as more and more healthcare workers and now people in long-term care facilities receive the vaccine. RELATED STORIES COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Several Restaurants Defy Statewide Restrictions, Stay Open For Indoor Dining COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Several Restaurants Defy Statewide Restrictions, Stay Open For Indoor Dining COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Pa. Restaurant And Lodging Association Calls For Reversal Of Indoor Dining Shutdown COVID-19...
    As the coronavirus pandemic causes state officials to tighten up restrictions and lock down businesses, many are itching for additional aid from the government. But the recently approved relief package, with a proposed $600 stimulus check included, isn’t enough for middle-class Americans and small business owners who are in dire need of help, Illinois restaurant owner Jeff Buckler told "Fox & Friends Weekend" on Sunday. "They’re going to starve to death," he said. "They’re talking about a $600 stimulus check that won’t even pay a month’s rent. People have car payments, utility bills and all that stuff. Food to put on the table for their kids." BEVERLY HILLS RESTAURANT CAUGHT 'DISCREET' NEW YEAR'S DINNER AMID DINING BAN The Lil Buford's Bar & Grill owner said this limited support is going to drive restaurant workers out of the industry and into more stable, better-paying jobs, or ultimately unemployment. And Buckler added that unemployment funding isn’t enough, either. Christmas cards and costumes are displayed in the window at Mid Central Printing & Mailing store in Wilmette, Ill., Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y....
    Katie Holmes' restaurateur boyfriend Emilio Vitolo Jr. has lashed out at Gov. Andrew Cuomo for New York City’s indoor dining ban. Vitolo Jr, the chef at Emilio’s Ballato in Manhattan, shared a video on Instagram Stories Wednesday night of the outside of his restaurant showing snow falling in powerful Winter Storm Gail, saying 'We all going to be out of business you f*** face.' 'Only place you’re going to be able to get food in McDonald’s or Taco Bell,' he said tagging Cuomo in his post. 'Can’t f***ing catch a break,' he wrote. Indoor dining was shut down on Monday for at least two weeks in New York City due to an increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, a major blow to restaurants which have struggled throughout the pandemic.  Katie Holmes' restaurateur boyfriend Emilio Vitolo Jr. lashed out at Gov. Andrew Cuomo for New York City’s indoor dining ban in an Instagram story shared Wednesday night. The couple pictured above November 16 Vitolo Jr, the chef at Emilio’s Ballato in Manhattan, shared a video on Instagram Stories Wednesday...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that indoor dining in New York City will not be allowed starting Monday due to COVID-19. Outdoor dining and takeout can continue, he said. The virus transmission rate in the state has climbed to 1.3, meaning an additional 1.3 people are infected for every case. "Once that number is over one you're in a problematic state, and this is a problematic situation," Cuomo said Friday at a briefing. "Hospitalizations have not stabilized, and with a rising infection rate and NYC's density, this means that indoor dining is too high of a risk," the governor tweeted. He reported more than 5,300 COVID-19 hospitalizations and 10,500 new infections across the state, as well as 87 more fatalities. The majority of new cases — 74% — are now coming from household gatherings, or "living room spread." The situation in hospitals, however, is better than it was in the spring, when the city was hit hard by a surge of the virus. Thirty percent fewer patients are now in ICUs, and 50% fewer are intubated, said...
    NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - 2020/03/30: Following the arrival in NYC of the U.S. Naval hospital ship Comfort, NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo is seen during a press conference at the field hospital site at the Javits Center.Albin Lohr-Jones | Getty Images New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that restaurants in New York City will be forced to close their indoor dining sections, citing a rise of Covid-19 hospitalizations in the area. The democratic governor said restaurants can continue to operate outdoor dining areas and offer take-out and delivery beginning Monday. Cuomo warned earlier this week that the state could close indoor dining if the city's hospitalization rate didn't stabilize. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.Related TagsBreaking News: Business
    Governor Cuomo has announced that indoor dining in New York City will end on Monday, despite dining as a whole being to blame for only 1.34 percent of the new COVID cases coming in.  It will continue in other parts of the state but Cuomo said it's ending in New York City because hospitalizations are on the rise. The decision is the latest blow to the restaurant industry which is already hanging by a thread.  Now, their only options are to offer outdoor seating under heaters but with temperatures plunging to freezing and with many more months of winter ahead, it has not been enough to draw in customers.  An estimated 12,000 restaurants in NYC will close by the end of the pandemic, according to previously released data. The number one driver of new cases is at home gatherings which are accounting for 74 percent of the new infections.  Staten Island has by far the worst problem of anywhere in the city - 25 percent of the statewide deaths on Thursday were there despite it accounting for just five percent of...
    SEWICKLEY, Pa. (KDKA) – With new restrictions on the way, concern from small business owners is rising. In small towns, those businesses rely on the foot traffic, much of it coming from restaurants, and many tell us they are barely holding on. “It’s been a trickle at times and a windfall at times so we are just riding the roller coaster like every other small business,” Paula Johnston said. Johnston is a small business owner in Beaver. She said with every announcement from the state, foot traffic in the downtown area dwindles. “People are afraid to come out. They are following him and we get that, but we just really — as a small business owner, we rely on that foot traffic and we hope it continues,” Johnston said. But Johnston is afraid it won’t. There are 15 restaurants in the downtown district that bring people to the area, but now those doors will be closed. “It’s scary times, it’s been really challenging,” Johnston said. RELATED STORIES: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Gov. Tom Wolf Limits Gatherings, Shuts Down Indoor...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — One day after city officials said Ald. Tom Tunney’s Ann Sather restaurant in Lakeview would face up to $10,500 in possible fines after he admitted letting people dine inside in defiance of city and state COVID-19 restrictions, Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed the 44th Ward alderman would “absolutely be held accountable.” “I have spoken with Alderman Tunney. He alerted me earlier this week about the issue. Obviously, I’m deeply disappointed. I’ve known Tom Tunney for 25-plus years, I consider him a friend, and he understands what he did was absolutely wrong,” Lightfoot said. On Monday, Tunney admitted he had allowed some regular customers to dine inside his Ann Sather location in Lakeview despite the statewide ban on indoor dining at restaurants, calling it an “error in judgment.” “On a sporadic basis, we have allowed a very limited number of our regular diners to eat inside the restaurant while observing social distancing and mask-wearing rules. This was error in judgement and won’t happen again,” Tunney said in a statement. On Tuesday, the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City will face new COVID-19 restrictions in a 'matter of days' - but warned it is not just Staten Island that is contributing to a surge of cases.  De Blasio would not elaborate on what those new restrictions would be during his daily press briefing on Tuesday.   He just doubled down on Gov Andrew Cuomo's warning a day earlier that restaurants will have to stop indoor dining if hospitalization rates don't stabilize within five days. 'I do expect restrictions in a matter of days and, from there, we'll see what else needs to be done,' de Blasio said. Despite saying the city was in constant contact with Cuomo's office, de Blasio offered no further specifics on what restrictions would be coming.  Mayor Bill de Blasio said new COVID-19 restrictions were coming in a 'matter of days' but he would not elaborate on what those new restrictions would be during his daily press briefing on Tuesday
    If New York’s coronavirus hospitalization rate does not stabilize soon, there will be tighter restrictions on indoor dining, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Monday. “If after 5 days a region’s hospital rate has not stabilized, indoor dining will close or be reduced. In NYC, indoor dining would close entirely,” the governor tweeted: NEW: If after 5 days a regions hospital rate has not stabilized, indoor dining will close or be reduced. -In NYC, indoor dining would close entirely. -In rest of the state, indoor dining would be reduced to 25% capacity. — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 7, 2020 “In rest of the state, indoor dining would be reduced to 25% capacity,” he continued. In a subsequent tweet, Cuomo said coronavirus hospitalizations are at 4,602, and “Of the 152,287 tests reported yesterday, 7,302 were positive (4.79% of total). Sadly, there were 80 fatalities”: Todays update on the numbers: Total COVID hospitalizations are at 4,602. Of the 152,287 tests reported yesterday, 7,302 were positive (4.79% of total). Sadly, there were 80 fatalities. pic.twitter.com/KdJtaFqpqA — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 7, 2020 On November 30,...
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