New Jersey restaurants can resume indoor dining statewide starting this Friday and movie theathers can reopen, just in time for Labor Day weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo acknowledged that will translate to a “competitive disadvantage” for the five boroughs, where dine-in and movie theaters are still closed.
But he’s not ready to bring either back in NYC quite yet. The rest of the state has been doing indoor dining for some time, and Cuomo said Monday he knows New York City residents will travel across the river to get their first taste of dine-in in months. (Murphy’s announcement on movies followed Cuomo’s tele-briefing.)
“I understand that means people can go through the tunnel and go over the George Washington Bridge,” the governor told reporters on a conference call Monday. “I am aware of that competitive disadvantage for New York City restaurants.”
Cuomo said he wanted to monitor the looming Labor Day and flu season factors, as well as the all-encompassing return-to-school factor, before he made a decision on when indoor dining might reopen in New York City. He also is concerned about who will ensure compliance with capacity limitations.