October 19, 2020

Restaurants Return to Takeout Only in New York’s Red Zones

Brooklyn…Just when many struggling kosher restaurants were set to reopen indoor dining, they were forced to close even their outdoor dining and return to take-out only. Responding to a spike of Covid-19 positive numbers. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York reimposed restrictions in areas with heavy kosher concentrations. The governor had come under severe criticism for targeting g Orthodox Jewish communities with what some called “draconian” measures such as limiting the number of worshippers to 10 even in the largest synagogues. Many of the restaurants were already reeling from the prolonged closure of their restaurants and lamented that even the return of indoor dining had limited their capacity to a point of not being able to make a profit. The impact of the Governor’s measures was particularly felt in communities like Flatbush, Boro Park and Monsey. Kosher restaurant sources told Kosher Today that the new restrictions may force additional restaurants to close beyond those that did during the “first wave.” Some barely made it thanks to the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) which is not available to them now. The restaurant owners are hoping that the new measures will be short-lived and that there will be a return to full indoor dining but with the uncertainties that surround the pandemic any prediction would be premature.