November 12, 2020 -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a tightening of restrictions in response to upticks in coronavirus cases.
Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, all restaurants, bars, gyms, and fitness centers must close at 10 p.m., though food delivery and pickup can continue after 10 p.m., the governor said in a news release.
Indoor and outdoor gatherings must be limited to no more than 10 people -- a restriction needed because of incidents of coronavirus spread following Halloween parties, Cuomo said.
"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.
"The reason we have been successful in reducing the spread in New York is we have been a step ahead of COVID. You know where it's going; stop it before it gets there. And you know where it's going by following the science."
Local governments are tasked with enforcement.
New York City’s Covid dashboard showed increases in several metrics.
The percent of people testing positive for the coronavirus has risen to 2.42% over the last seven days, compared to a 1.95% weekly average over the preceding four weeks. For those same time periods, the number of cases rose to 5,830 from 4,373, hospitalizations to 363 from 353, and deaths to 58 from 45.
Neighboring states New Jersey and Connecticut also have tightened restrictions, the New York Times reported.
In New Jersey, Gov. Philip D. Murphy has put new limits on indoor dining that begin Thursday night in what he said was a bid to avoid the sweeping shutdowns that brought the region’s economy to a standstill in March.
Gov. Ned Lamont of Connecticut has also limited all private gatherings in the state to 10 people. The state lowered capacity limits on restaurants and has allowed the hardest-hit municipalities to reimpose limits on other businesses.