As the coronavirus spreads and many businesses close their doors, the restaurants in New York City that remain open have been forced to pivot to takeout and delivery business only.
According to Eater, the demand for takeout at posh Manhattan restaurant Carbone was so great that it led to crowds of delivery drivers standing close to each other in the street as they waited for their orders.
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As New York City residents order take-out to protect themselves from the coronavirus outbreak, delivery workers risk their health by bringing them food.
Gary He at Eater reported that a crowd of delivery couriers for the app Caviar could be seen waiting outside Carbone, a posh New York City Italian restaurant. Several Twitter users also posted photos that show large groups of delivery workers gathered in front of the restaurant, standing less than the CDC-recommended 6-feet distance from one another.
annnnnnnd NYPD has been deployed to manage Carbone pickup. This is why we can’t have nice things. pic.twitter.com/LI6uCx8mG3
— Dan Teran (@dpteran) March 18, 2020
Eater reported that on March 20, city police had to disperse the crowds of delivery drivers for the second time that week. Delivery bikers reportedly shouted at each other to “social distance,” or move away from each other, as they began leaning their bikes on cars to get closer to Carbone’s doorway to hear their delivery number.
Carbone, an expensive Italian restaurant that services celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Drake, numbered among the most popular restaurants of 2020 in a January ranking conducted by booking platform Resy. Securing a reservation at Carbone is notoriously difficult. Among the restaurant’s to-go offerings is its famous $69 veal Parmesan; other menu items include a whole branzino for $95 and rigatoni for $32.
Large crowd outside popular Carbone restaurant in NYC after they switched to takeout …. NYPD have showed up @PIX11News #SocialDistancing pic.twitter.com/IODi9uHx2Z
— Dan Mannarino (@DanMannarino) March 18, 2020
The COVID-19 coronavirus has infected more than 20,000 people in New York, the most of any state in the US as of March 23, leading governor Andrew Cuomo to order non-essential workers to stay at home. Under these guidelines, pharmacies, groceries, and restaurants — only for takeout or delivery — are considered essential businesses. On March 20, President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state of New York.
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