Andrew Cuomo closes restaurants in New York

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) on Friday announced he would be closing indoor restaurants in New York City, despite contact tracing not showing restaurants as the primary source of coronavirus transmission.

Earlier this week, Cuomo warned that a suspension of dining in New York City could be imminent if hospitalization rates did not stabilize in the region.

“We will be closing indoor restaurants in New York on Monday,” Cuomo announced on Friday, although restaurants will still be allowed to offer take-out and deliveries:

The city’s indoor restaurant capacity was previously capped at 25%, and establishments in other parts of the state are operating at 50% capacity. However, contact tracing data shows restaurants are not the main source of transmission of the virus, identifying establishments as the “fifth main source of new infections”, lagging behind private gatherings.

“Out of 46,000 cases between September and November, 1.43% could be linked to restaurants and bars, against 73.84% to private gatherings”, New York Times reported:

Cuomo added that the federal government “must bring relief to bars and restaurants in this upcoming [stimulus] package. ”

Hospitalizations increased in the state, reaching 5,321 on Friday.

This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) called on residents to cancel vacation travel plans “now”:
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