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Restaurant Dining to Resume in New York City on Valentine’s Dayvernor Says

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Restaurant Dining to Resume in New York City on Valentine’s Dayvernor Says

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NEW YORK—New York City’s famed restaurant scene will re-open for indoor dining on Valentine’s Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday, the latest announcement by a state to ease public health restrictions as a deadly surge of COVID-19 begins to abate. The flattening of hospitalization rates has led several states to loosen public health restrictions, even as officials caution that cases could surge again, and highly contagious strains of the virus from other countries appear in the United States. “We were expecting this surge, and we handled it and we’re on the other side of it,” Cuomo said at a briefing to announce the restaurant openings. The move to allow restaurant service on Feb. 14 comes as news that a new vaccine from pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is 85 percent effective in protecting people against the most severe forms of the disease. The vaccine, which has not …

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