Gov. Cuomo announces new measures in response to uptick in COVID-19 positivity rate
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday several actions in response to the uptick in the COVID-19 positivity rate.
SLA licensed establishments, including bars and restaurants, will close at 10 p.m. Bowling alleys that have liquor licenses are also included in the new measure.
Restaurants will be able to do curbside/food pickup only after 10 p.m.
Gyms will also close at 10 p.m.
He also announced that in terms of small gatherings, private residences will have no more than 10 people in the residence unless the household is more than 10 people.
These measures will go into effect on Friday, Nov. 13.
"We're seeing a national and global COVID surge and New York is a ship on the COVID tide," Cuomo says.
Cuomo says the statewide positivity rate, not including the micro-cluster zones is 2.5%.
With the micro-cluster zones, the infection rate is 2.9%.
Cuomo says contact tracing has identified restaurant, bars, gyms and house parties as the main virus spreaders.
"If these measures are not sufficient to slow the spread, we'll turn the valve more and part of that would be reducing the number of people in indoor dining," Cuomo says.
Cuomo says the new restrictions are necessary, if New York is to stay ahead of COVID-19.
"Losing money hurts. But money can be replaced. Losing a loved one hurts forever," he says.
Cuomo adds that he's calling upon local governments to ensure the new rules are enforced.