Food and beverage curfew lifted

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ALBANY – The 12 a.m. food and beverage service curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining areas beginning May 17 and for indoor dining areas beginning May 31, it was announced on Wednesday.

The governor also announced that the 1 a.m. curfew for catered events where attendees have provided proof of vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result will be lifted beginning May 1, with the curfew for all catered events set to be lifted May 31.

Catered events will be allowed to resume at residences beginning May 3 above the state’s residential gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, as long as the events are staffed by a professional, licensed caterer, permitted by the respective locality or municipality, and strictly adhere to health and safety guidance, including social and event gathering limits, masks, and social distancing.

Also on May 3, the guidance for dancing among attendees at catered events will be aligned with neighboring states, replacing fixed dancing zones for each table with social distancing and masks.

Starting May 15, capacity in gyms and fitness centers outside New York City will increase from 33 percent to 50 percent; casinos and gaming facilities will increase from 25 percent to 50 percent, and offices will increase from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity.