Restaurant capacity increases to 75% across Long Island

The new limit also applies to other parts of the state, except New York City, where capacity will increase to 50%.

News 12 Staff

Mar 19, 2021, 9:54 PM

Updated 1,217 days ago


More COVID-19 restrictions eased up Friday on Long Island, including restaurants getting to allow more customers to eat inside.
Restaurant capacity limits on Long Island -- and everywhere else in the state except for New York City -- increased to 75% Friday. In the city, capacity expanded to 50%.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says existing orders will remain in effect, such as mask-wearing requirements and keeping 6 feet of distance between every table.
But many restaurant owners say what needs to go is the 11 p.m. state curfew for restaurants. They say other businesses like theaters and gyms can stay open later, so they don't understand why they have to close up shop.
State Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) is trying to get that restriction lifted, along with the food purchase requirement with alcohol.
"I haven't seen any science to back these specific restrictions up and I think it is time to allow ... we are allowing the bars and restaurants to increase capacity to 75% starting today, but I think it would be a great step forward to get rid of the curfew," says Ra.

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