New York City Restaurants struggling to stay in business despite months of closure in the face of the coronavirus epidemic received long-awaited approval on Wednesday to resume limited meals.
But Los Angeles County Health officials have banned Halloween parties and said children should not be allowed to trick or treat on the popular holiday of October 31st.
A Reuters study found that the opposite coastal measures in the United States showed a decline in new coronavirus infections for seven weeks in a row, but that the death toll had risen to more than 190,000 nationwide since the outbreak in March, according to a Reuters statement.
In New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday said indoor dining in thousands of restaurants could resume by Sept. 30, although capacity was limited to 25%.
Cuomo had previously said that lifting the ban could lead to a resurgence of the virus in New York, which has killed 32,000 more people than any other state in the United States.
Information should be collected from one member of each group in order to take dinner temperatures in restaurants and communicate in case of outbreaks.
The state will establish a whistle-blowing system through which patrons can report anonymous restaurants without complying.
New York City could increase capacity by 50% after reconstruction by Nov. 1, depending on the infection rate, Cuomo said. Most of New York State is working with indoor food at 50% capacity.
Health officials in Los Angeles said children should not be allowed to strategize or be treated because it is difficult to maintain proper social distance on the porch and front doors and “because food sharing is risky”.
“Halloween gatherings, ceremonies or even being conducted outside the party with members of the household are not permitted,” the department said in a statement titled “Guidance on Halloween Celebrations.”
County health officials banned Halloween carnivals, festivities, live entertainment and haunted houses.
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