Thursday, November 12, 2020

Gov. Cuomo sets new curfew for NYC bars and restaurants as COVID-19 cases rise

ICYMI: With the rising number of cases in the state, Gov. Cuomo yesterday announced new COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms and residential gatherings in New York.

What does this mean?
Effective Friday at 10 p.m., bars, restaurants and gyms or fitness centers, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment, will be required to close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. 

Restaurants will still be allowed to provide curbside, food-only pick-up or delivery after 10 p.m., but will not be permitted to serve alcohol to go. 
NYC bars and restaurants were previously mandated to close outdoor dining at 11 p.m. and indoor dining at midnight.

And what else came from yesterday's announcement?
The Governor also announced that indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences will be limited to no more than 10 people. The limit will be implemented due to the recent prevalence of COVID spread resulting from small indoor gatherings including Halloween parties. 

These gatherings have become a major cause of cluster activity across the state. 
"If you look at where the cases are coming from, if you do the contact tracing, you'll see they're coming from three main areas: establishments where alcohol is served, gyms, and indoor gatherings at private homes," Cuomo said in a statement announcing the new restrictions.

The city’s overall infection rate is roughly 2.5 percent in a seven-day average. According to data from the city, the 10009 zip code has an infection rate of 1.16 percent in that timeframe; 0.52 percent in the 10003 zip code.


ed anger said...

“The city’s overall infection rate is roughly 2.5 percent ... the 10009 zip code has an infection rate of 1.16 percent in that timeframe; 0.52 percent in the 10003 zip code.”

So not actually the East Village’s fault.

Anonymous said...

It’s not about those who live here, it’s about the Ubers, Lyfts and taxis coming to the neighborhood to eat and drink. As much as I’d like to see our restaurants and bars survive, i want those unmasked patrons to stay in their own neighborhoods.

noble neolani said...

I'm sure I'm not the only person who has seen the increase in cars (some with NJ plates) and others I assume are B&T coming into the EV to eat at the restaurants here. The infection rate which is thankfully low here can change overnight with gathering of unmasked people here. We together did a great job following health and safely rules and it would be a disaster to have to revert to what we experienced earlier this year. The light is at the end of the tunnel, let's not blow it now because of a birthday party or other really meaningless event. There will be plenty of time next year to make up for lost time but let's make sure as many of us as possible make it to an inoculated future.

Eden B said...

If we go any higher schools will close and with no NYU around we will see some big changes.

Anonymous said...

The evidence points to the virus spreading mostly in peoples homes, visiting family and friends. Why don’t facts matter anymore?

Anonymous said...

But where is that one person bringing the virus into the home and small gathering getting it in the first place? At bars and parties apparently- from a segment of the population that thinks they’re too young, too healthy and not susceptible to a deadly virus.

Anonymous said...

They need(ed) federal funding instead of these temp shantytowns that are just in the way of transportation networks, in the way of bikes, cars, and trucks. I wish the best for these owners, this is so hard for them.
Federal dollars are needed now, I hope Biden administration helps with this.

Anonymous said...

This is just Cuomo's precursor for stopping indoor dining in the coming days gonna say by end of next week, and DiBlahBlah closing schools. One thing I've learned from living here awhile is they dont like to instill panic for people making runs on the supply chain. Chicago just locked down and we'll be there by December. No way this city can avoid it with the rest of the country/Europe surging. Especially everything close to the city. Tip your servers well, without any stimulus and unemployment help close until mach, its gonna be a long winter.
I feel for the resturaunts but what can we do? Personally don't love the shanty town shacks because I park.. but also I dont think they are exceptionally safer all closed in for winter.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the next two years are going to be a disaster if you’re counting on the federal government. It looks like McConnell will be majority leader again, he will fight any Biden agenda tooth and nail. The state and city need to help businesses if they force a closure, and the city and state are also broke. It’s basically goodbye to most hospitality and entertainment businesses.

Beacon, NY said...

This pandemic has given NYC a suburban or small "town" feel. Businesses are no longer opening late and with limited capacity in terms of patrons/customers. The energy and the motto "the city never sleeps" are no longer apparent at the moment.

Not saying that this is a bad or good thing.

Can capitalism reinvent itself? Or we'll be living in a different universe.