It would appear that Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are finally prepared to let New York City open – to some extent. Wednesday, NYC restaurants were allowed to open indoor dining to 25 percent of capacity. That said, there are plenty of new regulations they must perform to comply with the city and state regulations. Restaurants must perform temperature checks on all indoor patrons and maintain 6 feet of spacing between tables. Further, no bar seating is allowed and a name and telephone number from every dining group must be collected to enable contact tracing should there be any outbreaks. Restaurant owners, unhappy with the crumbs of 25% capacity, marched on the Manhattan office of Governor Cuomo in what the group called a “funeral march”. They urged the governor to increase the capacity to 50% to help the restaurants survive, but Cuomo’s office advised them that they can go to 50% after November 1 – if the infection rate stays low! The NYC infection rate this week spike to over 3%. Elsewhere in the Big Apple, Mayor de Blasio authorized $1,000 fines for individuals who violate the city mask mandate, but was quick to point out that no one was fined the first day – such a sport!