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Push To Lift Restaurant And Bar Curfew In New York State

People dine under red umbrellas outside Via Carota restaurant in New York City's West Village. As the city continues to reopen, it is allowing restaurants to expand outdoors.
People dine under red umbrellas outside Via Carota restaurant in New York City's West Village. As the city continues to reopen, it is allowing restaurants to expand outdoors.

There’s a push to eliminate the curfew for struggling bars and restaurants in New York State.

Senate Minority leader Robert Ortt has introduced a resolution with Assembly Republicans that calls for lawmakers to overturn the governor’s order that restaurants and bars must close at 11 p.m. that was put in place to help reduce coronavirus spread.

“There’s no science that says that at 10:59 you are not able to spread but 11:01 you are and at a time when our establishments, our small businesses are crying out for some type of relief.”

Dozens of restaurant owners recently filed a lawsuit demanding the curfew be lifted. The lawsuit argues that a very low percentage of coronavirus cases are tied to their industry.