TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The gradual reopening of parts of New York continues, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that bars and restaurants will be allowed to remain open until midnight, starting Monday, April 19.

Those establishments had been previously barred from remaining open past 11 p.m. Serendipitously, the Aurora Streatery is newly opened and has several participating restaurants likely interested in remaining open an extra hour.

A formal release has not been published by the governor’s office, though the move was announced through Cuomo’s Twitter account on Wednesday.

It’s unclear what will come of other rules regarding restaurants and bars, such as the food service requirement at bars, etc. In similar previous announcements, details become clearer the day that the law is supposed to go into effect, usually via a press release from the governor’s office.

Additionally, Cuomo announced that horse and auto racing events will be allowed to admit attendees, though they will be capped at 20 percent capacity. That allowance begins on April 22.

Matt Butler is the Editor in Chief of The Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at