On Sunday night, Mayor de Blasio announced that he will be signing an Executive Order which will limit NYC restaurants, bars and cafes to offering take-out and delivery services only. He’ll be signing the order on Monday, and it will take effect on Tuesday at 9am.
“This is not a decision I make lightly. These places are part of the heart and soul of our city. They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker. But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality.”
This will be unimaginably difficult for restaurant owners, and we really hope that everyone on the UWS and throughout NYC will make a concerted effort to support their favorite restaurants by ordering take-out and delivery from them during this period. At the moment, it is unclear how long it will last for.
The Executive Order will also force the closure of “all nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses and concert venues.”
Earlier today, the Mayor also announced the closure of all NYC public schools, which will begin on Monday, March 16th, and last until at least April 20th.
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Our lives are all changing in ways that were unimaginable just a week ago. We are taking a series of actions that we never would have taken otherwise in an effort to save the lives of loved ones and our neighbors. Now it is time to take yet another drastic step.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 16, 2020