From Eric Adams: NYC to nix dozens of fines on businesses in effort to cut red tape:

The Department of Environmental Protection will also give restaurants more time to fix issues with grease interceptors, and the Health Department will reduce fines for flouting rules regarding time and temperature control while preparing foods, the release says.

The condition of rat-infested outdoor dining sheds (see articles on the standing water crisis and pigeons in the chicken coop) have long called into question whether New York City is doing any health and safety inspections at restaurants. I suppose in light of the overwhelming evidence that it is not, there is little harm in beginning to formally drop the pretense.