Many NY City Restaurants on Verge of Closing: Report

Nearly half of New York City bars and restaurants that were open pre-pandemic may close permanently within a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an audit released Thursday by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

If a third — about 8,000 — of the restaurants and bars close, the city would lose more than 100,000 jobs, the report says. If half, or 12,000, of the enterprises close, around 160,000 jobs will be lost.

The city brought back indoor dining at restaurants and bars on Wednesday with a limit of 25% of seating capacity plus additional requirements, including temperature checks, wearing masks, and leaving contact-tracing information. 

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