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Gov. Cuomo’s New Covid-19 Guidelines

Cuomo: Further restrictions might come next week if COVID-19 numbers don't get better this weekend

“I want to ask all New Yorkers to carefully think about their Thanksgiving plans in the context of the current COVID surge around the nation. Look at the numbers in your community and look at the numbers in the United States and the world. They are rapidly increasing—countries are locking down. As we approach the holiday season, if people travel so will the virus. I believe this situation is going to continue to deteriorate over the coming weeks.  Effective tonight, all indoor and outdoor gatherings at private homes are limited to no more than 10 people as we see more and more instances of “living room spread”—that’s COVID spreading in smaller, private settings. Bars, restaurants and gyms will also close beginning tonight from 10pm to 5am (excluding takeout and delivery) in order to reduce virus spread in these settings. We are in this together, and everyone must do their part to protect our loved ones and communities. I know it’s hard, and we’re all tired—but there is still a long time before a vaccine will be available, and we must manage this global surge. The next few weeks are key,” Gov Cuomo warned.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo provided an update into the state’s progress on the COVID-19 pandemic during a conference call on Friday, November 13, 2020.

  • Any establishment with a state-issued liquor license is required to close at 10 pm to dine-in service each night until further notice.
  • Incorporate 6 ft. social distancing for all activities.
  • Restaurants and bars may provide food only pick up between 10 pm and 5 am, but dine-in service is prohibited.
  • Facial coverings must be worn except when eating or drinking.
  • Facial coverings and gloves by food handlers and preparers.
  • Bars must offer a menu and have a fully operational kitchen to operate.

For more info visit on.ny.gov/2IlzwJJ
Gyms/Fitness CentersEffective Friday, November 13

  • Gyms and fitness centers must close at 10 pm nightly until further notice.
  • Incorporate 6 ft. social distancing for all activities.
  • Face masks must be worn to prevent the spread.
  • Neck gaiters, bandanas, and all non-mask type facial coverings are prohibited.
  • Contact activities are prohibited at all fitness facilities including martial arts-type centers.
  • Contact tracing, temperature screening, and COVID prevention protocols must be implemented.
  • Incorporate a reservation system or advance check-in to ensure 33% maximum capacity.

For more info visit: on.ny.gov/36vQCMJ
Private Parties / Home PartiesEffective Friday, November 13

  • The maximum capacity is 10 persons including host/staff.
  • Facial coverings must be worn except when eating or drinking.
  • Facial coverings and gloves must be worn by food preparers and handlers.
  • Implement 6 ft. social distancing.

Additional Rules for Event Spaces/Catering Halls:

  • Event spaces & Catering Halls must close at 10 pm until further notice.
  • The maximum capacity remains at 50 people including staff
  • If the occupancy total is below 50 people then the capacity is 50% of the occupancy total.

For more info visit on.ny.gov/2JV8oS0

During the conference call, Governor Cuomo said if numbers don’t improve this weekend, following the new restrictions/guidelines, then there might be further restrictions coming next week. 

“There will be no changes today [Friday, November 13] or over the weekend, there will be a joint discussion over the weekend and see where the state is on Monday,” Governor Cuomo said.

Cuomo and Governors from six surrounding states, along with medical experts, ill hold an emergency summit meeting this weekend to align COVID-19 policies as much as possible.

Governor Cuomo stated that the problem with the rise in COVID-19 cases is a result from bars, restaurants, and gyms being open. He is hopeful  new restrictions by closing them down at 10 p.m. across the state will have a positive effect on the amount of new cases and the infection rates.

The Governor also introduced a new COVID-19 term when it comes to the spread of the virus, “living room spread.” The governor says this is the new term used to define the community spread of COVID through holiday parties.

“Your family is no safer than any other group of 10 people,” Cuomo said during the call on Friday.

As the Governor said the COVID situation will continue to deteriorate and he anticipates an increase in rise in number of cases, over 200,000 COVID-19 tests were reported to the state on Thursday, this is an all time high number.

Below see MAP: Active/Total Westchester County Covid-19 Cases as of 11/12

Here’s what else you need to know tonight: 

1. The statewide positivity rate fell to 2.65 percent. In the micro-cluster focus areas, the positivity rate was 4.58 percent. Excluding these areas, it was 2.29 percent. Of the 203,721 tests reported yesterday, 5,401, or 2.65 percent, were positive. Total hospitalizations were at 1,737. Sadly, we lost 24 New Yorkers to the virus. 

2. A regional summit will be held this weekend with governors from Northeastern states. It’s important that we are aligned with our neighbors on how we handle the virus. In light of rising cases in the region, I will meet with neighboring governors to discuss aligning our policies amid this national surge. 

3. The Rockland County cluster will move to a Yellow Zone. The micro-cluster has been under 3 percent positivity, and hospital admission rates have declined, meeting the metrics for transitioning to a Yellow Precautionary Zone and the buffer zone will be removed. More information about the State’s micro-cluster strategy is available here.  

4. Yesterday, New York reported a record-high number of tests, with over 200,000 tests reported. As we draw closer to the holidays, it’s important that New Yorkers get tested so we can identify positive cases, implement our contact tracing program and stop the spread. Any New Yorker can get tested and you can find a testing site near you here. You can also call 1-888-364-3065 to make an appointment at a New York State-run testing location—most sites have available appointments at drive-thru or walk-in locations.  

Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: Michelin-acclaimed La Morada, a family-run Mexican restaurant in the Bronx, is serving as both a restaurant and soup kitchen. Early on in the pandemic, the owners had to close the restaurant after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, but when they reopened, following a successful online crowdfunding campaign, La Morada began cooking for families in need. Now the restaurant makes about 650 meals a day for fellow New Yorkers—including those who are elderly, unemployed or unable to cook. 

Image of the Day: A story of community spread from a wedding in Maine reminds us how dangerous gatherings can be.

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