‘I think it is more dangerous’: Business owners push back on Cuomo’s COVID-19 crackdown

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday several actions in response to the uptick in the COVID-19 positivity rate.

News 12 Staff

Nov 13, 2020, 2:03 AM

Updated 1,348 days ago


New strong restrictions are about to go into place statewide, including in the Hudson Valley, as new COVID-19 cases rise across the nation and in New York.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday several actions in response to the uptick in the COVID-19 positivity rate.
State liquor-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.
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. He 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."
Cuomo also threatened even stronger restrictions if the new rules don't work, such as reducing the number of people for indoor dining. For business owners who have been struggling since March, this is hard news to take...especially since so many have spent a lot of money to try and make their businesses Covid-19 safe.    One restaurant owner tells News 12 he thinks it may even cause more harm than good. "People have been gathering at home a lot because they can't go out because the bars are closed. They go home and they have like 30 people and you see it on social media that people are getting together. I think it's more dangerous trying to tell people to stay home then giving them the opportunity to go out," says Walter Tarone, owner/chef La Lanterna.
Cuomo adds that he's calling upon local governments to ensure the new rules are enforced.

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