New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered that all bars and restaurants across the state must close at 10pm starting from Friday
New York Governor
He is also limiting gatherings in private residences to 10 people, and say he may reduce the capacity restaurants and bars can have indoors if numbers continue.
The statewide COVID-19 rate increased to 2.9 percent which is the highest it has been for months and deaths are increasing in some parts of the state but not all.
In New York City, deaths have been holding steady as have hospitalizations despite the rising infection rate.
But Cuomo on Wednesday issued an order for the entire state and said anyone who doesn’t comply with it will receive a summons ordering them to shut down.
‘Losing money hurts but money can be replaced. Losing a loved one is forever.
‘If the lights are on and people are drinking, they get a summons,’ he said.
It delivers yet another blow to the restaurant and bar industry which was only allowed to resume indoor dining at a 25 percent capacity last month after being ignored for months.
Statewide, hospitalizations are creeping back up as is the case count
NYC data shows how the hospitalization rate and death rate is not increasing despite the surge in cases
Outdoor dining can continue into the winter months if restaurants and bars can facilitate it.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, echoing Cuomo’s tone of alarm on Wednesday, said: ‘This is our LAST chance to stop a second wave.
‘We can do it, but we have to act NOW.’
NY INFECTION RATES
This is the rate at which people who are tested are testing positive;
STATEWIDE – 2.9%
NYC CITY WIDE – 2.5%
MANHATTAN – 2.4%
BRONX – 5.3%
BROOKLYN – 4.1%
QUEENS – 4.7%
STATEN ISLAND – 4.5%
The rising COVID-19 positivity rate across New York State and New York City is down largely to micro-clusters where it is spiking.
They are in Brooklyn, Queens and other parts of the state that are not near the city.
In New York City, the positivity rate is as follows; Manhattan 2.4%, Bronx 5.3%, Brooklyn is 4.1%, Queens 4.7% and Staten Island 4.5.
Across the five boroughs, that gives an average of 4.2%.
Figures from the state department are more recent than those from the city, even when the state information is about the city.
De Blasio said on Wednesday that the city’s positivity rate was 2.5%.
Cuomo was instantly met with criticism from people who reminded him of the gloating book he released last month titled Lessons in Leadership.
It told the story of how he handled the crisis, and criticizes the federal government for its response.
A former Brooklyn assemblyman is selling a spoof book called King Covidius Cuomo
Cuomo said on Wednesday that he was also considering rolling back the amount of diners people can have in their restaurants.
In New York County, it’s 25% but in other parts of the state, more people are allowed.