New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a daily briefing following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Manhattan in New York City, New York on July 13, 2020.
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New York will impose a handful of Coronavirus Restrictions on residents and businesses across the state as it tackles multiple “hotspot” outbreaks and tries to avoid spikes in certain cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.
State Liquor Authority-licensed restaurants and bars must close at 10 PM. starting Friday, although they can operate on the side of the road for pickup after that time, Cuomo said on a call with reporters. At this time the gyms must also close.
“What’s a government licensed facility? It’s a bar, it’s a restaurant, mostly most of it,” he said.
The state will also take action against people who congregate inside before the holiday season and will ban gatherings of more than 10 people in a private residence, he said.
“What we see is what they have been predicting for months,” said Cuomo. “We are seeing a national and global surge in Covid, and New York is a ship of the Covid tide.”
New York health officials are responding to a number of hotspots in zip codes that report a higher rate of positivity or percentage of positive tests than other parts of the state. According to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, New York reports a weekly average of approximately 2,641 cases per day, up more than 22% from a week ago.
That daily average, however, is still far lower than it was earlier this year when New York was widely viewed as the nation’s Covid-19 epicenter. The state is also running far more tests than it did in the spring, when it was reporting an average of nearly 10,000 new cases a day.
In the summer and fall months after New York was able to quell the spread of the virus, Cuomo slowly began to reopen more businesses with reduced capacity, such as: B. Restaurants in restaurants, gyms and museums.
Now cases are starting to rise in neighboring states, a warning sign for New York. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a number of similar new restrictions, including a curfew on indoor restaurants and a ban on interstate sporting events that will begin Thursday as the state tries to wrestle control of its growing outbreak .
Nationally, Covid-19 cases and hospital stays hit record highs, and health experts warn Americans about it Prepare for “Covid Hell” over the winter. The number of people currently hospitalized in the U.S. is 61,964, according to the COVID Tracking Project run by journalists at The Atlantic.
“You say in a race: ‘Run through the belt. Just finish the race, “said Cuomo. “We’ve had a terrible eight months. We’re in this last little lap. Let’s just do what we have to do to get through and then we’ll build together again.”