Gov. Cuomo enforces new COVID-19 restrictions for restaurants, bars and gyms
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has put in place new restrictions across the state to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The new COVID-19 restrictions are for restaurants and bars with state liquor licenses and gyms, that will be forced to close their facilities from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Restaurants can still provide curbside pick-up for food, but not for alcohol.
Something that may also impact Thanksgiving this year is that Gov. Cuomo is putting regulations on indoor gatherings at private residences, with a maximum limit of 10 people.
New York City Hospitality Alliance tells News 12 the announcement is causing confusion for restaurants, as it's not clear if diners have to finish eating before 10 p.m. or if they can finish their meals if it runs past that time. They're also concerned about the financial impact restaurants will face.
"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," says Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance.
Gov. Cuomo said in a news conference on Wednesday that they are starting to see an uptick in cases after small gatherings on Halloween. He says New York must stay ahead to prevent further and increased spread.