Omicron New York City COVID Update: Restaurants See New Years Eve Cancellations Increase As COVID Cases Rise

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – Going out to dinner on New Years Eve is a tradition for many, but as COVID cases skyrocket in New York City, restaurants are facing multiple cancellations for the big night.

On Wednesday, you could hear a pin flying down West 46th Street, where in about 48 hours, the crowds will be ringing for the New Year in the Times Square block.

Many in the restaurant industry fear this will be the appetizer of what will undoubtedly be an equally slim main course on Friday night.

“Now unfortunately it has become, if not the worst, we are turning into a really, really sad time,” said industry consultant Steve Zagor.

Right now, countless restaurants, bars and event spaces are facing an avalanche of cancellations.

There are customers who are sick or have been exposed to COVID, and others who are just not willing to take the risk.

At Harvest Kitchen on the Upper West Side, things were lively at noon, but so far 50 reservations have been canceled for New Years Eve and New Years.

“We’re going to play it by ear, I think in a few days I haven’t heard any cancellations, so that’s good news,” said general manager Igor Segota.

At Skylark, with its breathtaking views of Midtown and that iconic crystal ball, this month they made a third of what they normally make.

Nonetheless, the team is committed to making New Years Eve safe and comfortable in the indoor / outdoor space by reducing capacity to 75% and encouraging guests to provide a negative COVID test.

There is a lot of line.

“January and February for the restaurants and bars in the city is very slow, when we look at the calendar, December is like our bread and our butter, overall it’s our bread and butter where we can earn money. money that will help us float for the next two months, ”said Skylark CEO Anthony Simone.

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