NY closing restaurants, bars, casinos to slow spread of coronavirus

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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.

Confirmed Cases: 505431

Reported Deaths: 33506
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Kings757797400
Bronx556614992
Nassau500072208
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Orange13743507
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Broome366298
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Ulster253895
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Putnam183363
Sullivan180048
Chemung17973
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Steuben104157
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Columbia72338
Ontario69735
Tioga67230
Oswego6394
Tompkins6390
Madison57717
Cortland5670
Wayne5305
Cattaraugus52718
Greene51018
Warren46133
Cayuga4292
Chenango4137
Orleans41354
Otsego4105
St. Lawrence4094
Genesee4065
Herkimer39410
Fulton36524
Washington34014
Allegany3368
Livingston3278
Montgomery2724
Clinton2555
Jefferson2140
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