Appearing on the WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” Friday, NY City Mayor Bill De Blasio admitted that “Indoor dining, there’s not a plan right now.”
After a woman named Sharon called in to the show and asked about the possibility of re-openings this year, de Blasio made it clear he does not see it happening any time soon.
“There’s not a context for indoor dining. We’re never saying it’s impossible.” de Blasio said.
“But we do not, based on what we’re seeing around the world, we do not have a plan for reopening indoor dining in the near term” he added.
NYC Hospitality Alliance head Andrew Rigie did not like De Blasio’s answer.
“It’s jaw-dropping that there’s no plan for the more than 25,000 eating and drinking places and 300,000 workers in our city,” Rigie said.
He then asked “If there’s no plan to reopen in the near term while the rest of the state is open indoors, what’s the plan to support New York City’s small businesses and workers while they’re shut? Where’s the rent relief?”
Republican City Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo slammed de Blasio and said “This administration is going to put restaurants in our city out of business if it does not allow indoor dining. It is absolutely unacceptable that the mayor has no plan and no ideas on how to make this happen.”