NY’s Midnight Curfew For Bars, Restaurants Will End Next Month

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ALBANY – The curfew closing bars and restaurants at midnight will end next month.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office announced the news on Wednesday morning.

Starting May 17, the mandate will be lifted for outdoor dining areas. Then, on May 31 the requirement will be removed for indoor dining establishments.

Additionally, officials announced that catered events can resume at residences beginning May 3 above the State’s residential gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, as long as the events are staffed by a professional, licensed caterer, permitted by the respective locality or municipality, and strictly adhere to health and safety guidance.

Also on May 3, the guidance for dancing among attendees at catered events will be aligned with neighboring states, replacing fixed dance zones for each table with social distancing and masks.

The Governor’s Office says the 1 a.m. curfew for catered events where attendees have provided proof of vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result will be lifted beginning May 17, with the curfew for all catered events set to be lifted May 31.


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