But that sympathy aside, the Commissioner is in a bind. What’s best for restaurants is only one of the determining factors of reopening policy for the city. Public health is another factor, Doris said.
“I just think that restraints that we have at the moment, both from [the standpoints of] the health crisis and trying to get our businesses open—it’s a delicate balance that we have to have,” he said.
Such is the tension that has defined the monthslong reopening process. Last week the city announced restaurants could open indoor dining at a quarter capacity by the end of the month, nominally ending a prolonged pressure campaign from the industry. But restaurants and advocates say it’s not enough to keep the industry afloat, and they continue to push for the full reopening of indoor dining.
“It makes a big difference between September, or October, or even November. December is maybe