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Curfew to be lifted for restaurants & bars

Many bar and restaurant owners hope curfews will be lifted soon, allowing them to operate past...
Many bar and restaurant owners hope curfews will be lifted soon, allowing them to operate past 10 p.m.(wwny)
Updated: Apr. 28, 2021 at 10:16 AM EDT
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - Soon there will no longer be a midnight curfew for the state’s restaurants and bars.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday morning that the state is lifting the mandatory closing time for outdoors areas on May 17 and on May 31 for indoor establishments.

The governor also announced that the 1 a.m. curfew for catered events where attendees have proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test will be lifted on May 17, with the curfew for all catered events set to be lifted on May 31.

And if you’re planning an event at home, you can exceed the 10-person indoor and 25-person outdoor limits starting on May 3, but only if it’s staffed by a licensed professional caterer.

This comes as the state Legislature is poised to lift another of the governor’s restrictions: the rule that bars and restaurants must serve food with alcohol.

The governor has repeatedly been criticized for both restrictions.

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