Indoor dining in New York City will be suspended at least for the next two weeks beginning Monday, due to a sustained increase in hospitalization and positivity rates in the Five Boroughs.
New York City’s 7-day average positivity rate stood at 5.53% on Sunday as the city reported 2,209 new cases of COVID-19. There were 206 patients admitted to city hospitals.
The potential for harsher shutdowns looms large. Mitigating increases in the state’s hospitalization rate has become Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top priority. He recalibrated the state’s microcluster model as part of a revised post-holiday plan. That plan includes new standards for red, orange and yellow cluster zones.
If any region in the state is projected to hit 90 percent hospital capacity within 21 days, he will impose a red zone shutdown. That means nonessential businesses, schools and restaurant table service close in a given region for an indefinite time period, a measure reminiscent of spring.
Many restaurant owners have said that if forced to shut down again they aren’t sure they will be able to survive the winter.
The first shipments of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine could arrive Monday in New York. The state is expecting 170,000 doses next week and 346,000 doses of Moderna’s drug, if and when that is approved.