Cuomo Tells Restaurant Owners Be ‘Happy’ I’ve Shut Down Indoor Dining

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told restaurant owners that they should be “happy” for his ban on indoor dining while he admitted only last week that his contact-tracing data revealed just 1.43% of state cases were linked to food establishments.

Cuomo stated during a press conference this week that the people should be concerned about ‘real’ issues, saying, “Well, you went down to 25% indoor dining; you canceled indoor dining; you’re requesting more testing for people in salons, lower capacity in gyms.” Yes, to all of them, but that’s not the real problem.

He said that people should worry about shutdown because if they don’t change the trajectory, the state could be headed to shutdown. “That’s something to worry about because all these businesses close—we go back to where we were,” Cuomo added.

All non-essential businesses close—they go to zero. So yes, we’re trying to change the trajectory, “Well, I’m upset that you’re trying to change the trajectory.”

“You should be happy because if we don’t change the trajectory, we’re going to go to shut down and then your business is going to close. And that, my friends, is a real problem. Worry about that because that is a real worry,” Cuomo concluded.

Yet last week, Cuomo trumpeted his government’s own data, saying that restaurants and bars accounted for up to 1.4% of COVID-19 cases in the state, which was the second-lowest case.