Restaurants Outside New York City Can Move to 75 Percent Indoor Capacity Starting March 19

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that restaurants outside of New York City, which have been operating at 50 percent capacity, can now move to 75 percent capacity starting March 19

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The data has shown that restaurants can operate safely and in accordance with strict health protocols at 75 percent capacity. New York City restaurant capacity will remain at 35 percent capacity.

“Our fight in the war against COVID-19 continues, but we are encouraged by the decrease in infection and hospitalization rates and the rise in vaccinations,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we expand our vaccine distribution and celebrate the arrival of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we have never been closer to defeating this beast once and for all. It is critical that New Yorkers not succumb to COVID fatigue and remain vigilant. Until the day the war is won, we all need to continue the practices we know work – washing hands, social distancing and masking up. The numbers are a reflection of our actions and when we work together, we will see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 227,768
  • Total Positive – 6,789
  • Percent Positive – 2.98%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.19%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 4,789 (-165)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -470
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 526
  • Hospital Counties – 52
  • Number ICU – 999 (-13)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 682 (-12)
  • Total Discharges – 150,100 (+619)
  • Deaths – 59
  • Total Deaths – 39,029

Yesterday, 59 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State — the lowest one-day death total since December 6, 2020 — bringing the total to 39,029.