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Dogs across New York State will now be able to join their owners for an al fresco meal at participating restaurants

In a statement, Gov. Cuomo welcomed New York’s “four-legged friends” to enjoy the state’s thriving restaurant culture.

In what is perhaps one of the least controversial pieces of food industry legislation ever, New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill allowing dogs to dine with their owners in restaurants’ outdoor seating areas.

“When you sit down to dinner, it’s your husband, your partner, your wife, your kids, and your dog,” the bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, told the New York Times earlier this year.

As of Monday, October 26, leashed dogs will be welcome to join their owners outside of participating restaurants. As part of the legislation, restaurants can make the individual choice whether or not to accept canines. Restaurants will also need to supply an alternate entrance for dogs and their owners so that the animals will not need to go through the restaurant itself.

“This action will give restaurants an additional option to boost revenue and grow their businesses by appealing to this new audience of dog-owning New Yorkers and their four-legged friends,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “By allowing this additional flexibility and by establishing firm health and sanitary guidelines, this legislation strikes a right balance.”


  • Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night
  • New Yorkers were looking to enjoy indoor dining for what is likely to be the last time in 2020
  • Governor Cuomo announced Friday indoor dining will be banned from Monday across NYC
  • This marks a blow for the restaurant industry which was already struggling with 25% indoor capacity
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world
  • New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99%
  • However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81% now full and just 24% of ICU beds available
  • Outdoor - as well as indoor - dining has been banned in LA County, but Manhattan Beach officials, restaurant owners and foodies are sidestepping the ban by setting up 'public parklets'
  • Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants
  • Nationwide, America hit a record high for hospitalizations for the seventh day in a row Saturday

Published: 03:54 BST, 13 December 2020 | Updated: 13:41 BST, 13 December 2020

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday.

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - an increase of 38 in a single day and the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world.

Of those hospitalized, 1,029 were in ICU and 563 were intubated.

The positivity rate was 4.58 percent statewide, down from 4.98 percent the day before, when it fell back below the 5 percent mark

New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99 percent which has led many restaurant and bar owners to question the decision to close indoor dining.

However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81 percent now full and it has the lowest proportion of ICU beds available in the state - together with Mohawk County - with just 24 percent still empty.

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

The backpedaling on reopening plans follows similar moves across other cities states.

Much of California has been plunged into a stay-at-home order and Los Angeles County has even banned outdoor dining, with one area of LA - Manhattan Beach - sidestepping the ban by setting up 'parklets'.

Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants.

This comes as cases, hospitalizations and deaths are surging nationwide, with America recording its deadliest day since the pandemic began Friday.

New Yorkers head out into the restaurants this weekend before indoor dining is shut down again due to the pandemic. Restaurant Urban Vegan Kitchen in West Village pictured

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather. Restaurant Spunta Pizza in Manhattan

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hospots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020. Customers line up outside Dante in the West Village

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints Saturday night to make the most of indoor dining while they can

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints while some of the city's most iconic haunts had long lines outside as customers waited for the already limited tables - due to the current 25 percent capacity rule.

During the daytime, people were spotted brunching and having a festive drink inside several restaurants in Soho, Manhattan.


  • Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night
  • New Yorkers were looking to enjoy indoor dining for what is likely to be the last time in 2020
  • Governor Cuomo announced Friday indoor dining will be banned from Monday across NYC
  • This marks a blow for the restaurant industry which was already struggling with 25% indoor capacity
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world
  • New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99%
  • However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81% now full and just 24% of ICU beds available
  • Outdoor - as well as indoor - dining has been banned in LA County, but Manhattan Beach officials, restaurant owners and foodies are sidestepping the ban by setting up 'public parklets'
  • Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants
  • Nationwide, America hit a record high for hospitalizations for the seventh day in a row Saturday

Published: 03:54 BST, 13 December 2020 | Updated: 13:41 BST, 13 December 2020

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday.

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - an increase of 38 in a single day and the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world.

Of those hospitalized, 1,029 were in ICU and 563 were intubated.

The positivity rate was 4.58 percent statewide, down from 4.98 percent the day before, when it fell back below the 5 percent mark

New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99 percent which has led many restaurant and bar owners to question the decision to close indoor dining.

However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81 percent now full and it has the lowest proportion of ICU beds available in the state - together with Mohawk County - with just 24 percent still empty.

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

The backpedaling on reopening plans follows similar moves across other cities states.

Much of California has been plunged into a stay-at-home order and Los Angeles County has even banned outdoor dining, with one area of LA - Manhattan Beach - sidestepping the ban by setting up 'parklets'.

Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants.

This comes as cases, hospitalizations and deaths are surging nationwide, with America recording its deadliest day since the pandemic began Friday.

New Yorkers head out into the restaurants this weekend before indoor dining is shut down again due to the pandemic. Restaurant Urban Vegan Kitchen in West Village pictured

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather. Restaurant Spunta Pizza in Manhattan

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hospots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020. Customers line up outside Dante in the West Village

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints Saturday night to make the most of indoor dining while they can

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints while some of the city's most iconic haunts had long lines outside as customers waited for the already limited tables - due to the current 25 percent capacity rule.

During the daytime, people were spotted brunching and having a festive drink inside several restaurants in Soho, Manhattan.


  • Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night
  • New Yorkers were looking to enjoy indoor dining for what is likely to be the last time in 2020
  • Governor Cuomo announced Friday indoor dining will be banned from Monday across NYC
  • This marks a blow for the restaurant industry which was already struggling with 25% indoor capacity
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world
  • New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99%
  • However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81% now full and just 24% of ICU beds available
  • Outdoor - as well as indoor - dining has been banned in LA County, but Manhattan Beach officials, restaurant owners and foodies are sidestepping the ban by setting up 'public parklets'
  • Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants
  • Nationwide, America hit a record high for hospitalizations for the seventh day in a row Saturday

Published: 03:54 BST, 13 December 2020 | Updated: 13:41 BST, 13 December 2020

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday.

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - an increase of 38 in a single day and the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world.

Of those hospitalized, 1,029 were in ICU and 563 were intubated.

The positivity rate was 4.58 percent statewide, down from 4.98 percent the day before, when it fell back below the 5 percent mark

New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99 percent which has led many restaurant and bar owners to question the decision to close indoor dining.

However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81 percent now full and it has the lowest proportion of ICU beds available in the state - together with Mohawk County - with just 24 percent still empty.

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

The backpedaling on reopening plans follows similar moves across other cities states.

Much of California has been plunged into a stay-at-home order and Los Angeles County has even banned outdoor dining, with one area of LA - Manhattan Beach - sidestepping the ban by setting up 'parklets'.

Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants.

This comes as cases, hospitalizations and deaths are surging nationwide, with America recording its deadliest day since the pandemic began Friday.

New Yorkers head out into the restaurants this weekend before indoor dining is shut down again due to the pandemic. Restaurant Urban Vegan Kitchen in West Village pictured

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather. Restaurant Spunta Pizza in Manhattan

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hospots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020. Customers line up outside Dante in the West Village

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints Saturday night to make the most of indoor dining while they can

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints while some of the city's most iconic haunts had long lines outside as customers waited for the already limited tables - due to the current 25 percent capacity rule.

During the daytime, people were spotted brunching and having a festive drink inside several restaurants in Soho, Manhattan.


  • Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night
  • New Yorkers were looking to enjoy indoor dining for what is likely to be the last time in 2020
  • Governor Cuomo announced Friday indoor dining will be banned from Monday across NYC
  • This marks a blow for the restaurant industry which was already struggling with 25% indoor capacity
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world
  • New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99%
  • However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81% now full and just 24% of ICU beds available
  • Outdoor - as well as indoor - dining has been banned in LA County, but Manhattan Beach officials, restaurant owners and foodies are sidestepping the ban by setting up 'public parklets'
  • Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants
  • Nationwide, America hit a record high for hospitalizations for the seventh day in a row Saturday

Published: 03:54 BST, 13 December 2020 | Updated: 13:41 BST, 13 December 2020

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday.

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - an increase of 38 in a single day and the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world.

Of those hospitalized, 1,029 were in ICU and 563 were intubated.

The positivity rate was 4.58 percent statewide, down from 4.98 percent the day before, when it fell back below the 5 percent mark

New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99 percent which has led many restaurant and bar owners to question the decision to close indoor dining.

However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81 percent now full and it has the lowest proportion of ICU beds available in the state - together with Mohawk County - with just 24 percent still empty.

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

The backpedaling on reopening plans follows similar moves across other cities states.

Much of California has been plunged into a stay-at-home order and Los Angeles County has even banned outdoor dining, with one area of LA - Manhattan Beach - sidestepping the ban by setting up 'parklets'.

Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants.

This comes as cases, hospitalizations and deaths are surging nationwide, with America recording its deadliest day since the pandemic began Friday.

New Yorkers head out into the restaurants this weekend before indoor dining is shut down again due to the pandemic. Restaurant Urban Vegan Kitchen in West Village pictured

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather. Restaurant Spunta Pizza in Manhattan

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hospots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020. Customers line up outside Dante in the West Village

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints Saturday night to make the most of indoor dining while they can

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints while some of the city's most iconic haunts had long lines outside as customers waited for the already limited tables - due to the current 25 percent capacity rule.

During the daytime, people were spotted brunching and having a festive drink inside several restaurants in Soho, Manhattan.


  • Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night
  • New Yorkers were looking to enjoy indoor dining for what is likely to be the last time in 2020
  • Governor Cuomo announced Friday indoor dining will be banned from Monday across NYC
  • This marks a blow for the restaurant industry which was already struggling with 25% indoor capacity
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world
  • New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99%
  • However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81% now full and just 24% of ICU beds available
  • Outdoor - as well as indoor - dining has been banned in LA County, but Manhattan Beach officials, restaurant owners and foodies are sidestepping the ban by setting up 'public parklets'
  • Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants
  • Nationwide, America hit a record high for hospitalizations for the seventh day in a row Saturday

Published: 03:54 BST, 13 December 2020 | Updated: 13:41 BST, 13 December 2020

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday.

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - an increase of 38 in a single day and the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world.

Of those hospitalized, 1,029 were in ICU and 563 were intubated.

The positivity rate was 4.58 percent statewide, down from 4.98 percent the day before, when it fell back below the 5 percent mark

New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99 percent which has led many restaurant and bar owners to question the decision to close indoor dining.

However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81 percent now full and it has the lowest proportion of ICU beds available in the state - together with Mohawk County - with just 24 percent still empty.

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

The backpedaling on reopening plans follows similar moves across other cities states.

Much of California has been plunged into a stay-at-home order and Los Angeles County has even banned outdoor dining, with one area of LA - Manhattan Beach - sidestepping the ban by setting up 'parklets'.

Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants.

This comes as cases, hospitalizations and deaths are surging nationwide, with America recording its deadliest day since the pandemic began Friday.

New Yorkers head out into the restaurants this weekend before indoor dining is shut down again due to the pandemic. Restaurant Urban Vegan Kitchen in West Village pictured

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather. Restaurant Spunta Pizza in Manhattan

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hospots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020. Customers line up outside Dante in the West Village

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints Saturday night to make the most of indoor dining while they can

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints while some of the city's most iconic haunts had long lines outside as customers waited for the already limited tables - due to the current 25 percent capacity rule.

During the daytime, people were spotted brunching and having a festive drink inside several restaurants in Soho, Manhattan.


  • Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night
  • New Yorkers were looking to enjoy indoor dining for what is likely to be the last time in 2020
  • Governor Cuomo announced Friday indoor dining will be banned from Monday across NYC
  • This marks a blow for the restaurant industry which was already struggling with 25% indoor capacity
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world
  • New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99%
  • However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81% now full and just 24% of ICU beds available
  • Outdoor - as well as indoor - dining has been banned in LA County, but Manhattan Beach officials, restaurant owners and foodies are sidestepping the ban by setting up 'public parklets'
  • Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants
  • Nationwide, America hit a record high for hospitalizations for the seventh day in a row Saturday

Published: 03:54 BST, 13 December 2020 | Updated: 13:41 BST, 13 December 2020

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday.

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - an increase of 38 in a single day and the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world.

Of those hospitalized, 1,029 were in ICU and 563 were intubated.

The positivity rate was 4.58 percent statewide, down from 4.98 percent the day before, when it fell back below the 5 percent mark

New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99 percent which has led many restaurant and bar owners to question the decision to close indoor dining.

However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81 percent now full and it has the lowest proportion of ICU beds available in the state - together with Mohawk County - with just 24 percent still empty.

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

The backpedaling on reopening plans follows similar moves across other cities states.

Much of California has been plunged into a stay-at-home order and Los Angeles County has even banned outdoor dining, with one area of LA - Manhattan Beach - sidestepping the ban by setting up 'parklets'.

Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants.

This comes as cases, hospitalizations and deaths are surging nationwide, with America recording its deadliest day since the pandemic began Friday.

New Yorkers head out into the restaurants this weekend before indoor dining is shut down again due to the pandemic. Restaurant Urban Vegan Kitchen in West Village pictured

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather. Restaurant Spunta Pizza in Manhattan

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hospots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020. Customers line up outside Dante in the West Village

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints Saturday night to make the most of indoor dining while they can

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints while some of the city's most iconic haunts had long lines outside as customers waited for the already limited tables - due to the current 25 percent capacity rule.

During the daytime, people were spotted brunching and having a festive drink inside several restaurants in Soho, Manhattan.


  • Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night
  • New Yorkers were looking to enjoy indoor dining for what is likely to be the last time in 2020
  • Governor Cuomo announced Friday indoor dining will be banned from Monday across NYC
  • This marks a blow for the restaurant industry which was already struggling with 25% indoor capacity
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world
  • New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99%
  • However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81% now full and just 24% of ICU beds available
  • Outdoor - as well as indoor - dining has been banned in LA County, but Manhattan Beach officials, restaurant owners and foodies are sidestepping the ban by setting up 'public parklets'
  • Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants
  • Nationwide, America hit a record high for hospitalizations for the seventh day in a row Saturday

Published: 03:54 BST, 13 December 2020 | Updated: 13:41 BST, 13 December 2020

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday.

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - an increase of 38 in a single day and the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world.

Of those hospitalized, 1,029 were in ICU and 563 were intubated.

The positivity rate was 4.58 percent statewide, down from 4.98 percent the day before, when it fell back below the 5 percent mark

New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99 percent which has led many restaurant and bar owners to question the decision to close indoor dining.

However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81 percent now full and it has the lowest proportion of ICU beds available in the state - together with Mohawk County - with just 24 percent still empty.

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

The backpedaling on reopening plans follows similar moves across other cities states.

Much of California has been plunged into a stay-at-home order and Los Angeles County has even banned outdoor dining, with one area of LA - Manhattan Beach - sidestepping the ban by setting up 'parklets'.

Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants.

This comes as cases, hospitalizations and deaths are surging nationwide, with America recording its deadliest day since the pandemic began Friday.

New Yorkers head out into the restaurants this weekend before indoor dining is shut down again due to the pandemic. Restaurant Urban Vegan Kitchen in West Village pictured

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather. Restaurant Spunta Pizza in Manhattan

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hospots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020. Customers line up outside Dante in the West Village

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints Saturday night to make the most of indoor dining while they can

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints while some of the city's most iconic haunts had long lines outside as customers waited for the already limited tables - due to the current 25 percent capacity rule.

During the daytime, people were spotted brunching and having a festive drink inside several restaurants in Soho, Manhattan.


  • Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night
  • New Yorkers were looking to enjoy indoor dining for what is likely to be the last time in 2020
  • Governor Cuomo announced Friday indoor dining will be banned from Monday across NYC
  • This marks a blow for the restaurant industry which was already struggling with 25% indoor capacity
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world
  • New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99%
  • However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81% now full and just 24% of ICU beds available
  • Outdoor - as well as indoor - dining has been banned in LA County, but Manhattan Beach officials, restaurant owners and foodies are sidestepping the ban by setting up 'public parklets'
  • Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants
  • Nationwide, America hit a record high for hospitalizations for the seventh day in a row Saturday

Published: 03:54 BST, 13 December 2020 | Updated: 13:41 BST, 13 December 2020

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday.

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - an increase of 38 in a single day and the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world.

Of those hospitalized, 1,029 were in ICU and 563 were intubated.

The positivity rate was 4.58 percent statewide, down from 4.98 percent the day before, when it fell back below the 5 percent mark

New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99 percent which has led many restaurant and bar owners to question the decision to close indoor dining.

However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81 percent now full and it has the lowest proportion of ICU beds available in the state - together with Mohawk County - with just 24 percent still empty.

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

The backpedaling on reopening plans follows similar moves across other cities states.

Much of California has been plunged into a stay-at-home order and Los Angeles County has even banned outdoor dining, with one area of LA - Manhattan Beach - sidestepping the ban by setting up 'parklets'.

Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants.

This comes as cases, hospitalizations and deaths are surging nationwide, with America recording its deadliest day since the pandemic began Friday.

New Yorkers head out into the restaurants this weekend before indoor dining is shut down again due to the pandemic. Restaurant Urban Vegan Kitchen in West Village pictured

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather. Restaurant Spunta Pizza in Manhattan

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hospots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020. Customers line up outside Dante in the West Village

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints Saturday night to make the most of indoor dining while they can

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints while some of the city's most iconic haunts had long lines outside as customers waited for the already limited tables - due to the current 25 percent capacity rule.

During the daytime, people were spotted brunching and having a festive drink inside several restaurants in Soho, Manhattan.


  • Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night
  • New Yorkers were looking to enjoy indoor dining for what is likely to be the last time in 2020
  • Governor Cuomo announced Friday indoor dining will be banned from Monday across NYC
  • This marks a blow for the restaurant industry which was already struggling with 25% indoor capacity
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world
  • New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99%
  • However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81% now full and just 24% of ICU beds available
  • Outdoor - as well as indoor - dining has been banned in LA County, but Manhattan Beach officials, restaurant owners and foodies are sidestepping the ban by setting up 'public parklets'
  • Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants
  • Nationwide, America hit a record high for hospitalizations for the seventh day in a row Saturday

Published: 03:54 BST, 13 December 2020 | Updated: 13:41 BST, 13 December 2020

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday.

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - an increase of 38 in a single day and the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world.

Of those hospitalized, 1,029 were in ICU and 563 were intubated.

The positivity rate was 4.58 percent statewide, down from 4.98 percent the day before, when it fell back below the 5 percent mark

New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99 percent which has led many restaurant and bar owners to question the decision to close indoor dining.

However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81 percent now full and it has the lowest proportion of ICU beds available in the state - together with Mohawk County - with just 24 percent still empty.

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

The backpedaling on reopening plans follows similar moves across other cities states.

Much of California has been plunged into a stay-at-home order and Los Angeles County has even banned outdoor dining, with one area of LA - Manhattan Beach - sidestepping the ban by setting up 'parklets'.

Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants.

This comes as cases, hospitalizations and deaths are surging nationwide, with America recording its deadliest day since the pandemic began Friday.

New Yorkers head out into the restaurants this weekend before indoor dining is shut down again due to the pandemic. Restaurant Urban Vegan Kitchen in West Village pictured

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather. Restaurant Spunta Pizza in Manhattan

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hospots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020. Customers line up outside Dante in the West Village

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints Saturday night to make the most of indoor dining while they can

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints while some of the city's most iconic haunts had long lines outside as customers waited for the already limited tables - due to the current 25 percent capacity rule.

During the daytime, people were spotted brunching and having a festive drink inside several restaurants in Soho, Manhattan.


  • Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night
  • New Yorkers were looking to enjoy indoor dining for what is likely to be the last time in 2020
  • Governor Cuomo announced Friday indoor dining will be banned from Monday across NYC
  • This marks a blow for the restaurant industry which was already struggling with 25% indoor capacity
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world
  • New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99%
  • However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81% now full and just 24% of ICU beds available
  • Outdoor - as well as indoor - dining has been banned in LA County, but Manhattan Beach officials, restaurant owners and foodies are sidestepping the ban by setting up 'public parklets'
  • Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants
  • Nationwide, America hit a record high for hospitalizations for the seventh day in a row Saturday

Published: 03:54 BST, 13 December 2020 | Updated: 13:41 BST, 13 December 2020

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday.

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hotspots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state are surging, reaching 5,359 Friday - an increase of 38 in a single day and the highest number on record since May when New York was the virus epicenter of the world.

Of those hospitalized, 1,029 were in ICU and 563 were intubated.

The positivity rate was 4.58 percent statewide, down from 4.98 percent the day before, when it fell back below the 5 percent mark

New York City's positivity rate is lower than many regions of the state at 3.99 percent which has led many restaurant and bar owners to question the decision to close indoor dining.

However, hospital beds are running out in the city with 81 percent now full and it has the lowest proportion of ICU beds available in the state - together with Mohawk County - with just 24 percent still empty.

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

The backpedaling on reopening plans follows similar moves across other cities states.

Much of California has been plunged into a stay-at-home order and Los Angeles County has even banned outdoor dining, with one area of LA - Manhattan Beach - sidestepping the ban by setting up 'parklets'.

Parklets are public outdoor seating seating areas that fall outside the scope of the ban because public outdoor seating areas are not banned and the areas are not operated by the restaurants.

This comes as cases, hospitalizations and deaths are surging nationwide, with America recording its deadliest day since the pandemic began Friday.

New Yorkers head out into the restaurants this weekend before indoor dining is shut down again due to the pandemic. Restaurant Urban Vegan Kitchen in West Village pictured

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather. Restaurant Spunta Pizza in Manhattan

Diners were pictured descending on their favorite foodie hospots across New York City Saturday night to bag a table inside for what is likely to be the last time in 2020. Customers line up outside Dante in the West Village

New Yorkers are rushing to the city's restaurants and bars to enjoy a last supper with friends before Governor Andrew Cuomo's indoor dining ban kicks in on Monday

With fears rising that the healthcare system could soon become overwhelmed, Cuomo made the unpopular decision Friday to shutter all indoor dining across New York City from Monday.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints Saturday night to make the most of indoor dining while they can

With the clock ticking to the shuttering of indoor dining in the Big Apple, New Yorkers headed out Saturday to make the most of the chance to escape the winter weather.

Families and friends enjoyed meals inside their local joints while some of the city's most iconic haunts had long lines outside as customers waited for the already limited tables - due to the current 25 percent capacity rule.

During the daytime, people were spotted brunching and having a festive drink inside several restaurants in Soho, Manhattan.


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