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Governors of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey said Monday they have agreed to close bars, restaurants, movie theaters and casinos starting at 8 p.m. Monday.

Posted: Mar 16, 2020 10:46 AM
Updated: Mar 16, 2020 11:48 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - Governors of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey said Monday they have agreed to close bars, restaurants, movie theaters and casinos starting at 8 p.m. Monday.

"Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn't crash our healthcare system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that," Governor Cuomo said. "This is not a war that can be won alone, which is why New York is partnering with our neighboring states to implement a uniform standard that not only keeps our people safe but also prevents 'state shopping' where residents of one state travel to another and vice versa. I have called on the federal government to implement nationwide protocols but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves."

The governors said essential businesses like supermarkets and gas stations will be able to stay open after 8 p.m., though all non-essential businesses must close.

The crowd capacity is also limited to 50 people at social and recreational gatherings starting Monday night, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Restaurants will be able to offer take-out and delivery, and Cuomo says establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol. 

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1268692

Reported Deaths: 41368
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Queens1586837871
Kings1555098073
Suffolk1285802603
Nassau1149692563
Bronx1062535275
Westchester850201806
New York759653449
Erie522281381
Richmond451561384
Monroe44318769
Rockland31884810
Orange28848656
Onondaga27755533
Oneida16811349
Dutchess16757319
Albany16343257
Niagara12143244
Broome11108259
Saratoga926782
Schenectady8660127
Ulster7745192
Rensselaer6874104
Putnam652174
Chemung5603108
Chautauqua560163
Oswego491469
Ontario473082
Steuben4595131
Cayuga443270
Sullivan384149
Wayne368852
Genesee366499
St. Lawrence363060
Herkimer360357
Cattaraugus340061
Jefferson321423
Madison314976
Livingston270440
Tompkins265723
Cortland264254
Columbia249571
Allegany236675
Montgomery223075
Tioga220654
Clinton218018
Wyoming217443
Fulton211353
Warren206240
Greene205859
Orleans191969
Chenango175842
Otsego167123
Washington150224
Lewis149524
Seneca123246
Franklin11479
Delaware100920
Essex98019
Schoharie8975
Yates82617
Schuyler71610
Hamilton1461
Unassigned46109
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