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Gov. Cuomo announces restrictions for house parties, gyms and restaurants/bars as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Governor Andrew Cuomo says contact tracing has recognized home events, gyms and eating places/bars as major spreaders of the virus.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced Wednesday new measures to stem the rising tide of COVID-19 circumstances across the state, together with Western New York.

Efficient this Friday, November 13 at 10 p.m., any institution with a liquor license in New York State will now have to shut at 10 p.m. every evening.  The governor additionally introduced that gyms should additionally shut at 10 p.m. every evening.

After 10 p.m., eating places can supply curbside pickup of meals solely. Additionally, events in personal properties can have not more than 10 individuals attend except the family consists of greater than 10 individuals.

Cuomo says contact tracing has recognized home events, gyms and eating places/bars as the primary virus spreaders and says these steps should be taken if New York is to remain forward of COVID-19.

“In case you take a look at the place the circumstances are coming from, when you do the contact tracing, you may see they’re coming from three major areas: institutions the place alcohol is served, gyms, and indoor gatherings at personal properties,” Governor Cuomo mentioned. “The explanation we’ve got been profitable in lowering the unfold in New York is we’ve got been a step forward of COVID. You recognize the place it is going; cease it earlier than it will get there. And the place it is going by following the science. That is the calibration that we have talked about: improve financial exercise, watch the positivity price – if the positivity price begins to go up, again off on the financial exercise. It was by no means binary — financial exercise or public well being — it was at all times each.” 

 He mentioned if these steps aren’t adequate, different changes might be made, together with lowering the variety of individuals allowed for indoor eating.

The New York State Restaurant Affiliation’s Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO, issued this assertion following the Governor’s announcement:

“At the moment’s information is a big blow to the restaurant business that’s desperately attempting to remain afloat. Our members have put in place procedures and protocols to mitigate the unfold, and we’ll proceed to take action to make sure the protection of our workers and patrons. We perceive the logic behind micro-cluster restrictions, however right now we’ve got issues about blanket statewide restrictions like this.”

The governor additionally known as upon native governments to verify these new guidelines are enforced.

“The foundations are solely pretty much as good because the enforcement,” he mentioned. “Native governments are in control of enforcement. There are solely two elementary truths on this scenario: it is particular person self-discipline and it is authorities enforcement. Interval. Finish of sentence. I would like the native governments to implement this.”

The statewide positivity price on Tuesday, not together with the micro-cluster zones was 2.5 p.c, with the micro-cluster zones the positivity price was 2.9 p.c. The speed of positivity within the micro-cluster areas throughout the state was 4.9 p.c.

As of Tuesday, 1,628 individuals had been within the hospital, 304 of them within the ICU and 135 of them intubated. Sadly, 21 New Yorkers succumbed to the virus.

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