Watch Live: Cuomo announces NYC indoor dining can resume at 25% capacity on Valentine's Day
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says indoor dining can resume in New York City at 25% capacity on February 14, Valentine's Day. Cuomo closed restaurants to indoor dining on December 14, preventing the struggling businesses from cashing in on the lucrative Christmas and New Year's seasons. "Hospitalizations have not stabilized, and with a rising infection rate and NYC's density, this means that indoor dining is too high of a risk," the governor tweeted at the time. The governor has since been under enormous pressure to bring indoor dining back, including through lawsuits, CBS New York reports. Cuomo also announced marriage receptions can resume at 50% capacity or up to 150 people starting March 15.cbsnews.com
Indoor dining to resume in Philadelphia, with limits
Indoor dining to resume in Philadelphia, with limits Philadelphia officials are allowing restaurants to resume limited indoor dining in the city after rolling back some COVID-19 restrictions. The restrictions will be eased on Saturday, January 16. Watch the update from Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley.cbsnews.com
Florida senators unveil proposals to make to-go alcohol permanent
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two state senators have uncorked proposals to make permanent a coronavirus emergency order that allowed restaurants and other food establishments with liquor licenses to include alcohol with “to-go” orders. The proposals would require the liquid to be in a sealed container and to be part of a food order. We think it is a process that should continue, so we are looking to establish it in state law,” Brandes said on Friday. Brandes isn’t seeking to alter existing law that requires restaurants to reseal partially consumed bottles before patrons leave. In a 74-page report, the RESET task force, co-chaired by executives from Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Florida Retail Federation and the National Federation of Independent Business Florida, called existing rules restricting carryout alcohol “antiquated and no longer necessary.”DeSantis in September backed the idea of allowing carryout alcoholic beverages to become permanent.
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: State reports 4,062 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 24 additional deaths Sunday
The steep increase in daily cases in October has also seen a slight increase in hospitalizations related to the coronavirus. On Oct. 1, there were 37.9% of the state’s ICU beds open. On Friday, the most recent data, there were 33.7% ICU beds available. While none of the state’s 11 regions are below the benchmark 20% of available medical/surgical or ICU beds, Chicago, suburban Cook County, DuPage and Kane counties, Will and Kankakee counties, and the Metro-east region that includes East St. Louis are within 10 percentage points.chicagotribune.com
Daywatch: 1 in 5 Chicagoans have antibodies in study, the Bears take down Tom Brady and how to build a candy chute for trick-or-treaters
Meanwhile, have you been wondering what’s going to happen to outdoor dining when winter hits? If so, you’re not alone — in fact, there was a whole competition to determine the best plan for it. The winners for Chicago’s Winter Design Challenge were announced on Thursday — here’s what they came up with.chicagotribune.com
Visit Orlando extends Magical Dining Month
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando foodies will now have an extra few weeks to explore the many restaurants offering three-course, prix fixe meals for Magical Dining Month. As part of Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, restaurants across Central Florida offer a set three-course menu for the fixed price of $35 per person. “Participating restaurants are telling us that the influx of added diners has helped them recoup lost business, keep people employed and even hire more staff. For each meal purchased during Magical Dining Month, $1 will go to Feed the Need Florida, an organization that is providing healthy food to those who’ve experienced negative economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. To see a list of this year’s participating restaurants, click here.