WNY bar and restaurant curfew lifted in May

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It was a roller coaster ride for restaurants and bars in western New York. Hopefully this ride is about to end.

News has arrived today that the curfew is about to be lifted for bars and restaurants starting in May.

According to WKBW, the governor announced that the curfew on the midnight food service will be lifted on May 17 for outdoor dining and on May 31 for indoor dining.

“Lifting these restrictions for restaurants, bars and catering businesses will allow these businesses that have been devastated by the pandemic to begin to recover as we return to a new normal in a post-pandemic world.” – Governor Andrew Cuomo

This is huge news for restaurants and bars that have been on the verge of closing for the past few months. Many of them are in their last stages and need a break like this before the summer.

Cuomo says the things we do work. Let the numbers go down as they should because we have taken the precautions that we have taken.

What about catered events? If you have a wedding or graduation party, the curfew was once 1:00 a.m. This curfew will be lifted for events with catering service where participants have provided proof of their vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result will be lifted on May 17, the curfew for all events with service catering will be lifted on May 31.

The rules of dancing will also change. The old rule included fixed dance areas with people who were at your own table. From now on, the rule will only affect people wearing masks and social distancing on the ground.

This summer is shaping up to be better and better. Now we just need these numbers to keep going in the right direction so that we don’t go back.

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