Indoor dining to resume in NYC earlier than planned

first_imgIndoor dining was originally reinstated Sept. 30, after months of restaurants being allowed to operate only for outdoor dining, take-out and delivery. But in December, amid rising Covid cases and hospitalizations, Cuomo pulled the plug once again.After the ban was reinstated in December, some restaurants came together to sue the governor over the restrictions. Two lawsuits argued that the ban is unconstitutional, while a separate class-action suit with 70 restaurants as plaintiffs said that it violates their civil rights.The latter lawsuit also alleges that the guidelines for indoor and outdoor dining — which have changed many times over the past 10 months — are a “Kafkaesque nightmare” that have compounded the hardship many of these venues face.While indoor dining will help some restaurants’ survival efforts, some fear it’s still not enough. Fifty-four percent of New York restaurants said they would likely not survive the next six months without federal relief, according to a survey by the New York State Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association. That’s compared to 37 percent of restaurants nationwide.Contact Sasha Jones Message* Email Address* Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo (Getty, iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal) The tables have turned, once again, for New York’s restaurateurs.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that restaurants will be allowed to resume indoor dining on Friday, Feb. 12, two days earlier than previously planned. Previously, indoor dining was set to return on Valentine’s Day. Restaurants will be allowed to operate indoors at 25 percent capacity.The move follows pushback from some within the industry who wanted indoor dining to resume as soon as possible. Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, said in a Jan. 29 statement that owners were “broken hearted” that they had to wait until mid-February to get things up and running.“That’s a reasonable request, so we’ll start indoor dining Friday,” the governor said during Monday’s press conference.Rigie tweeted his support for Cuomo’s order, saying that “The advanced opening and better health metrics are welcome news to the city’s decimated restaurant industry and to lovers alike.”Read moreIndoor dining will resume in NYC on Valentine’s DayLawsuits pile up against Cuomo’s indoor dining ban70 restaurants sue Cuomo over “Kafkaesque nightmare” of regulationscenter_img This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Full Name*last_img read more

LSU’s 2016 football schedule set

first_imgThe LSU Tigers' 2016 football schedule is set.The LSU Tigers’ 2016 football schedule is set.BATON ROUGE — Home games against Alabama, Ole Miss, Missouri and Mississippi State highlight the 2016 Southeastern Conference schedule for LSU as the league announced the conference slate for all 14 member institutions on Thursday.LSU opens SEC play on Sept. 17 against Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers travel to Auburn the following week on Sept. 24 before hosting Missouri on Oct. 1.The Missouri contest will be the first between the teams since Mizzou joined the SEC in 2012. LSU and Missouri have met just one other time in football, that coming in the 1978 Liberty Bowl where Mizzou posted a 20-15 win.LSU travels to Florida on Oct. 8 and will then host Southern Miss (Oct. 15) and Ole Miss (Oct. 22) before closing out the month of October with an open date on the 29th.The Tigers welcome Alabama to Tiger Stadium on Nov. 5 followed by a trip to face Arkansas on Nov. 12. LSU closes out its conference schedule on Thanksgiving against Texas A&M in College Station on Nov. 24. The SEC Championship Game will be held on Dec. 3 in Atlanta.Previously announced non-conference games for LSU in 2016 include the season-opener against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in Green Bay; the home-opener the following week against Jacksonville State on Sept. 10, Southern Miss on Oct. 15 and the home-finale against South Alabama on Nov. 19.2016 LSU ScheduleSept. 3 Wisconsin (Green Bay)Sept. 10 JACKSONVILLE STATESept. 17 MISSISSIPPI STATESept. 24 at AuburnOct. 1 MISSOURIOct. 8 at FloridaOct. 15 SOUTHERN MISSOct. 22 OLE MISSOct. 29 Open dateNov. 5 ALABAMANov. 12 at ArkansasNov. 19 SOUTH ALABAMANov. 24 (Thu.) at Texas A&Mlast_img read more