New York restaurants face make-or-break moment as indoor dining arrives

Beginning on Wednesday, restaurants can seat diners inside at 25% capacity – but the outdoor program will be less viable in colder weather amid fears of another surge

From its chandelier-lit temples of fine dining to greasy spoons open 24/7, New York is a city with more than 25,000 restaurants. Every year they draw millions of locals and tourists from around the world – and nobody has been allowed to eat inside of one for six months.

That all changes on Wednesday, when restaurants can seat customers inside at 25% capacity, the latest relaxation in the quarantine rules imposed on New York after the coronavirus struck.

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