Left, right unite to slam Cuomo on indoor dining
Opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s refusal to let New York City reopen its restaurants for indoor dining is growing, and elected officials from the political left, center and right are uniting to criticize the policy.
At the same time, a group of restaurateurs have started a lawsuit to force Cuomo’s hand. Even so, Cuomo continues to hold off on indoor dining, which was supposed to return in early July but was canceled at the last minute.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx-Queens), a self-described democratic socialist, took a swipe at Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Twitter, saying, “If it’s not safe enough for indoor dining, what makes it safe for indoor schooling?” Restaurants, unlike some schools, “actually have soap in the bathrooms,” she added.
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, representing what might be called the mainstream of NYC Democratic politics, said in a press release last week, “It’s time to allow indoor dining in New York City with reduced capacity and clear guidance to ensure social distancing and safety. This is crucial for restaurant owners, who have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic and the resulting drop in tourism.”