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New York restaurants eagerly await arrival of Covid-19 vaccines

New York, USA, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- New York’s bars and restaurants — once the beating heart of the Big Apple but which have been shut because of the pandemic — are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines after mayor Bill de Blasio announced that their workers are now eligible to be vaccinated.

On a busy Manhattan Street, Spanish restaurant El Born is one of those businesses that hopes to get its workers vaccinated as soon as possible, especially since the authorities promised the reopening of indoor dining rooms to 25 percent capacity on February 14.

Elena Manich, owner of El Born, is busy shoveling snow from the open air courtyard, where she has set up tables to serve diners up to 20 people at a time.

While she welcomes the eased restrictions, a maximum of 20 diners is not enough to make the business profitable, she tells Efe.

“I just talked to the workers today in order to give them a letter confirming they work here, but we just saw that the website is not updated with their category so they can’t go yet to get the vaccine”, says Elena before admitting that she is still excited about the future.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo took the decision to open indoor dining rooms last week and, two days later, Mayor Bill de Blasio expanded the list of people who can get the vaccine to include restaurant workers and taxi drivers.

Along with hospitality workers, food delivery drivers and cabbies are also now eligible for immunization. EFE-EPA


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