New York imposes rule to close restaurants, bars and gyms by 10 p.m. nightly


What’s left of New York’s nightlight is about to be upended for the foreseeable future.

As COVID cases began to pick up in the state — and across the nation — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the following directive via Twitter:

“NYS is taking action to stop the spread in response to rising COVID numbers,” he wrote. “Any establishment with a state liquor license, including bars and restaurants, must close at 10 p.m. Gyms must also close at 10 p.m.”

The governor added that these establishments must remain closed to at least 5 a.m.

The measure reportedly doesn’t apply to curbside pickup and delivery.

Private gatherings will also be capped at 10 people, according to the governor.

These new rules will go into effect statewide this Friday at 10 p.m.

Cuomo announced these new regulations days after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy passed similar measures.

New cases in New York and New Jersey have doubled in over a week.

As of today in NYS, there were 4,820 new cases in the state with a positive rate of 2.93 percent.

Below is a chart of new COVID cases in New York, courtesy of the governor’s office.