ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - Beginning Sunday, restaurants and bars across New York will be able to stay open until 11 p.m.
Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Friday, citing a decline in COVID hospitalizations and infection rates throughout the state.
Cuomo imposed the 10 p.m. curfew for all New York bars and restaurants in November.
Last week, a State Supreme Court judge in western New York lifted the curfew for 91 bars and restaurants that had challenged the rule, saying the curfew was “likely unconstitutional.”
But, a state appeals court overturned that judge’s ruling; plus, a federal court upheld the curfew, saying Cuomo has the right to issue restrictions to protect public health.
Will the added hour make much difference? We asked Robert Dalton of the Paddock Club in Watertown’s Paddock Arcade.
“Not really, but one hour is one hour and we’re moving in the right direction,” he said. “We’re skating along, we’re treading water, and I just keep hope, positive, and I keep the staff positive that we get past this. We’re going to be okay. I’m going to be here, after it’s all done.”
Dalton said an extra hour does not make it feasible to bring live entertainment back to his business.