NYC Restaurants Face 1st Weekend Of New COVID Restrictions; Sheriffs Bust Several Illegal Parties – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City schools will remain open, for now, a students, parents and teachers watch the city’s COVID positivity rate.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he’s prepared to switch schools to an all-remote format Monday if the rate gets too high.

As CBS2’s Christina Fan reported, the city’s positivity rate Friday into Saturday dipped by about .4%, giving parents and students hope that schools may remain open.

However, city officials are still concerned over the fact that large-scale gatherings and illegal parties are still persisting.

Meanwhile, struggling restaurants are now dealing with the first weekend under the latest round of restrictions.

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A typical pandemic weekend often brings Laura Sciuto’s Chelsea restaurant more customers than a weekday. But this weekend of new changes, requiring all restaurants to close indoor and outdoor dining at 10 p.m., limits the amount of money coming in for food and drinks.

“It’s impacting our businesses, because we might have a party of six, eight people, and they have to leave at 10, because we have to close everything,” Sciuto told CBS2.

“The weekend customer, yes. I have to tell them curfew is 10, so the last reservation will be 8,” restaurant owner Chole Lin added.

The curfew was updated to curve the rise of COVID-19 cases. Currently, New York City has a seven-day average infection rate of 2.47%.

That’s why sheriff’s officials continue to crack down on parties, like one where over 200 people were found inside a garage on West 26th Street Saturday morning. Four people were charged will illegally serving liquor and violating emergency orders.

They weren’t the only ones. In Brooklyn on Liberty Avenue, an illegal party with more than 185 people was also shut down.

In the Bronx, deputies found over 200 people watching an amateur fight event in an underground, unlicensed fight club known as Rumble in the Bronx.

The strict enforcement comes as questions loom over the future of the city’s schools.

Dozens of parents and kids rallied in Foley Square to keep classrooms open as we near a 3% infection rate, which is the trigger number to close all schools.

“We are all praying that they don’t close schools,” parent Caitlyn Sullivan said.

“If they’re going to close them down, it’s probably the right thing to do,” said parent Andy Gaynor.

Until then, many New Yorkers are trying to stay positive through the tough and changing storm.

“Tremendous peace of mind to be able to even just get out,” one woman said.

Restaurants are still able to offer pickup and delivery until later hours.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the key to the new restrictions is enforcement, which why he is encouraging local jurisdictions to make sure everyone is following the rules.

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