By Maria Caspani and Dan Whitcomb
(Reuters) – New York Metropolis eating places struggling to remain in enterprise after months of closures imposed within the face of the coronavirus pandemic received a long-awaited approval on Wednesday to renew restricted indoor eating.
However Los Angeles County well being officers prohibited Halloween events and mentioned kids shouldn’t be allowed to trick or deal with through the common fall vacation on Oct. 31.
The contrasting strikes on reverse coasts of the US got here as new coronavirus infections have fallen for seven weeks in a row however the nationwide dying toll for the reason that pandemic broke out in March exceeded 190,000, based on a Reuters tally.
In New York Metropolis, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday mentioned indoor eating may resume at hundreds of eating places as of Sept. 30, though capability was restricted to 25 p.c.
Cuomo had beforehand mentioned lifting the ban may result in a resurgence of the virus in New York, which has seen 32,000 deaths, greater than another U.S. state.
New York prides itself as one of many world’s culinary capitals, with a eating scene that spans from Michelin-star eating places to homespun delis. It additionally acts as each a pillar of financial exercise and a sounding board for metropolis life.
The compelled shutdowns led to widespread worries that most of the metropolis’s eating places wouldn’t survive the pandemic.
“Twenty-five p.c is just not that a lot, but it surely’s one thing the place you are able to do some math and know, roughly, what number of prospects you’ll be able to have on daily basis,” mentioned Giovanni Gelfini, proprietor of Santa Panza restaurant in Brooklyn.
Eating places may even be required to take the temperature of diners and gather data from one member of every celebration for contact tracing in case of an outbreak. The state will set up a whistle-blowing system whereby patrons can anonymously report eating places not in compliance.
New York Metropolis may elevate the capability to 50% after a reassessment performed by Nov. 1, relying on an infection charges, Cuomo mentioned. Most of New York state is working with indoor eating at 50% capability.
In Los Angeles, well being officers mentioned kids shouldn’t be allowed to trick or deal with as a result of sustaining correct social distancing on porches and at entrance doorways could be troublesome and “as a result of sharing meals is dangerous.”
“Halloween gatherings, occasions or events with non-household members will not be permitted even when they’re performed open air,” the division mentioned in assertion entitled “Steering for Celebrating Halloween.”
County well being officers additionally banned Halloween carnivals, festivals, stay leisure and haunted homes.
Though the 4 most populous states – California, Florida, New York and Texas – account for about 40% of the 6.three million U.S. infections, the Midwest has been hardest hit in current weeks.
Iowa at the moment has one of many highest U.S. an infection charges, with 15% of assessments final week coming again constructive. Close by South Dakota has a constructive check fee of 19% and North Dakota is at 18%, based on a Reuters evaluation.
A surge linked to schools reopening in Iowa and an August motorbike rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, are behind a number of the current spikes in instances.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice expressed concern about his state’s transmission fee and urged residents to “buckle down” and take a look at tougher to cease the unfold of the virus.
On a per-capita foundation, the US ranks 12th on this planet for COVID-19 fatalities, with 58 deaths per 100,000 folks, and 11th on this planet for instances, with 1,933 instances per 100,000 residents, based on a Reuters evaluation.
Graphic: Monitoring the novel coronavirus within the U.S. – https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-USA/0100B5K8423/index.html
(Reporting by Lisa Shumaker, Maria Caspani, Peter Szekely, Nathan Layne, Anurag Maan and Dan Whitcomb; Writing by Paul Simao and Dan Whitcomb; Modifying by Invoice Tarrant and Richard Chang)
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