New York curfew - bars, restaurants and gyms: times and restrictions
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has imposed a new round of restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus as the infection rate climbs and hospitalizations soar in the state.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has imposed a new round of restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus as the infection rate climbed and hospitalizations soared in the state that was the epicenter of the US outbreak in its early stages.
Cuomo ordered bars, restaurants and gyms in the state to shut down on-premises services at 10 p.m. nightly, and capped the number of people who could attend private parties at 10.
The new measures, which take effect on Friday, came a day after California and several states across the Midwest tightened restrictions on residents on Tuesday to try to curb the rapid spread of the virus.
"This is our LAST chance to stop a second wave," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Wednesday, as he announced the city-wide seven-day average rate of coronavirus tests coming back positive had hit 2.52%.
In New York City, bars, restaurants and gyms will close at 10 PM daily, beginning this Friday.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 11, 2020
This is what needs to happen to help hold back a second wave in our city.
The city's public school system, the nation's largest, would be shut to in-person learning if that figure reaches 3%. "We can do it, but we have to act NOW," de Blasio said.
As infections, hospitalizations and deaths surge across the United States, more signs emerged that a second wave could engulf areas of the Northeast, which had managed to bring the pandemic under control after being battered last spring.
The United States as a whole reported more than 1,450 deaths on Tuesday, the highest single-day count since mid-August, according to a Reuters analysis.
US covid-19 cases climbed for seven consecutive days to reach more than 136,000 as of late Tuesday, while hospitalizations crossed 60,000 for the first time since the pandemic began, threatening to overwhelm systems in many parts of the country.
New Jersey spike
In New Jersey, one of the early U.S. hotspots, a spike in cases in Newark, the state's largest city, prompted Mayor Ras Baraka to implement aggressive measures, including a mandatory curfew for certain areas.
In Newark, the positivity rate hovered at 19%, more than double the state's 7.74% seven-day average, Baraka said in a statement on Tuesday.
The city's COVID numbers are on the rise and we must come together to discuss the actions that we will take to stop the spread.— City of Newark (@CityofNewarkNJ) November 10, 2020
Tune in on Facebook or Zoom and join the conversation tomorrow, Nov. 11, and Friday, Nov. 13, at 6:30pm. Translations will be available. pic.twitter.com/YtGOkboVkV
"Stricter measures are required in the city’s hotspots in order to contain the virus and limit the spread," he said.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced some restrictions on Monday in response to a rise in covid-19 cases in the state, and outbreaks among bartenders.
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