Effective since last Friday, at 10 p.m. restaurants, bars, gyms and other State Liquor Authority-licensed establishments are required to close from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Restaurants are allowed to provide curbside, pick-up or delivery after 10 p.m., but will not be permitted to serve alcohol to go.
Additionally, Cuomo announced that indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences will be limited to ten people. According to his office, the restriction comes as a result of new COVID infections spreading through small indoor gatherings, including recent Halloween parties.
The governor said the uptick in coronavirus cases is coming from three main areas: establishments where alcohol is served, gyms and indoor gatherings at private homes.
“The reason we have been successful in reducing the spread in New York is we have been a step ahead of COVID,” he said last Thursday. “You know where it’s going, stop it before it gets there.”
Cuomo also noted that local governments are in charge of enforcement, and also called for individual discipline.
“The rules are only as good as the enforcement,” he said.
As of Sunday, the governor’s office reported that the positive testing rate in the state’s “Micro-Cluster” focus area is 4.83 percent, while the areas outside of those zones is 2.57 percent. Statewide, the positivity rate is 2.92 percent.
In response to the governor’s new restrictions, Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, said in a statement that at the time of the announcement, restaurants were not provided with important details, which created confusion.
“These new restrictions should be publicly justified with contract tracing data because they will make it even more difficult for these small businesses to survive,” Rigie said. “We demand that our elected leaders provide financial support to our city’s restaurants and bars before they permanently shutter and put tens of thousands of New Yorkers out of work.”