CDC Details New Outdoor Mask Advice

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People dining outdoors at a restaurant in Manhattan in July. New Yorkers will soon be able to drink at bars and restaurants without the requirement of ordering food.
Credit…Karsten Moran for The New York Times

The leaders of the New York State Legislature said Tuesday they would move on the next day to suspend a pandemic directive that required customers to order food when purchasing alcohol at bars and restaurants.

The food directive was originally imposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in July 2020 in an attempt to keep patrons seated at tables and reduce mingling that could lead to large crowded gatherings, fueling the spread of the virus. The repeal of the rule would go into effect after passing both legislative chambers in Albany, which could happen this…

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