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They’ve got to eat too: How to give restaurants a timely boost

They’ve got to eat too: How to give restaurants a timely boost
Of course, because it’s the year 2020 and nearly everything that could go wrong has leaped at the opportunity, COVID case numbers are once again rising here, there and everywhere, and New York City’s beleaguered restaurants and bars were forced by the state to shutter indoor dining just as the biggest snowstorm in years swept through town, rendering outdoor dining kaput.

Of course, because it’s the year 2020 and nearly everything that could go wrong has leaped at the opportunity, COVID case numbers are once again rising here, there and everywhere, and New York City’s beleaguered restaurants and bars were forced by the state to shutter indoor dining just as the biggest snowstorm in years swept through town, rendering outdoor dining kaput.A snow-covered outdoor dining area is seen at a restaurant in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York City on Thursday, December 17, 2020, following a snowstorm.(Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News) Which is why Gov.Concerns about cost and equity stayed the state’s hand from going further and forgiving this month’s sales tax payments entirely, a thoughtful measure proposed by Councilman Justin Brannan.

Too bad; that would have served as a kind of cash grant for struggling restaurants while Congress dithers on passing new emergency aid, and Cuomo should make it happen, writing off the expense as an investment in the state’s economic future.If they can stay open long enough to outlast this pandemic, they’ll be key to reviving tourism and the wider post-vaccine economy.

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