NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says indoor restaurant dining can reopen in New York City at 25% capacity on Friday, two days before the Valentine’s Day opening he had announced earlier. Cuomo said restaurateurs had asked for the ban on indoor dining to be lifted in advance of Valentine’s Day in order to give them a chance to prepare for the day when romantic dinners are traditional. Indoor restaurant service in New York City has been prohibited since Dec. 14. Also on Monday, Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced separate plans to help revive the performing arts.
Photo: The Counter restaurant is closed for indoor dining, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)