Cuomo: Restaurant curfew to extend to midnight, spectators welcome at horse and auto races next week

Cuomo: Restaurant curfew to extend to midnight, spectators welcome at horse and auto races next week Photo: File photo, News10NBC.

Updated: April 14, 2021 07:49 PM
Created: April 14, 2021 03:26 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced horse and auto racing in New York can resume with spectators next week, and that the 11 p.m. restaurant curfew will be extended to midnight.

Cuomo said starting Monday, April 19, restaurants can stay open until midnight instead of closing at 11 p.m. The curfew for catered events will be extended to 1 a.m.

The 11 p.m. curfew has been in place since Feb. 12. Before that, the curfew for indoor dining was 10 p.m. That was in place from Nov. 13, 2020 through Feb. 12, 2021.

Starting April 23, horse and auto racing venues can welcome 20% of their capacity outdoors and must follow other rules for professional sporting events, including proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination.

When asked about the Erie County Executive's decision to require all fans to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres home games, Cuomo did not say that he would be implementing the same policy at the state level. He said he believed the idea was "not legally correct" and said the state would have to sign off on any plans. He also said he thinks it's too early to make a decision.

Cuomo made the announcements in a press conference over the phone, and also provided updates on COVID-19 in New York. You can listen to the full press conference in the video below (mobile users, click here):

The Finger Lakes' COVID-19 positivity rate is 3.0%, which is close to the statewide average of 3.1%, according to Cuomo.

Cuomo pushed for New Yorkers to get vaccinated, saying "the vaccines only work if we take them."

He addressed the decision to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, saying there is "literally a one in one million" chance of experiencing a blood clot reaction. He said the pause is so that the manufacturer can communicate with healthcare providers since typical anti-clotting medication hasn't worked and so that the healthcare community can see if there are additional clotting reactions.

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