On Wednesday afternoon, Governor Cuomo announced that all bars and restaurants with liquor licenses issued by the State Liquor Authority must close down at 10pm every night. Restaurants will be allowed to continue to serve takeout for curbside pick-up after 10pm.
This new policy comes as a response to an increase in Covid cases on both the state and city level. On Wednesday, the city’s seven-day average infection rate was 2.52%. You can check the percent positivity rate in your zip code here.
New York isn’t the only state to implement a curfew. Last week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy also instituted a 10pm curfew policy for indoor dining statewide (although outdoor dining and takeout can continue past 10pm).
The 10pm curfew goes into effect starting on Friday, November 13th. New York’s new restrictions also limit gatherings at private residences to ten people, and gyms must close down at 10pm.
Indoor dining still remains at 25% capacity for all NYC restaurants. Governor Cuomo has previously hinted that indoor dining could increase to 50% starting in November, but there has been no word on that since.
NYS is taking action to stop the spread in response to rising COVID numbers.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 11, 2020
Any establishment with a state liquor license, including bars and restaurants, must close at 10pm.
Gyms must also close at 10pm.
These new statewide rules will take effect Friday, 10pm.