Restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms go into effect Friday night

Restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms go into effect Friday night

Updated: November 13, 2020 06:25 AM
Created: November 11, 2020 01:47 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y (WHEC) — New statewide restrictions on bars, restaurants, and gyms will take effect Friday night in New York. 

After 10 p.m., any establishment with a liquor license in New York state, along with gyms, will have to close at 10 p.m. each night, the governor announced Wednesday. After 10 p.m., restaurants can offer curbside pickup of food only.

Cuomo also announced no more than 10 people can attend gatherings in private homes unless the household consists of more than 10 people.

He said if these steps are not sufficient, other restrictions could be made, including reducing the number of people allowed for indoor dining.

In a news conference Thursday, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said the state is helping out with some new enforcement team members who will be monitoring local businesses. As for the home gatherings, Bello cautioned that people will have to step up in order to stop the spread of the virus.

"The motivation here to comply with 10 people at a private residence is public health, the motivation is to keep people safe, the motivation is to keep people alive, the consequence of not following these guidelines is far greater than a legal consequence," Bello said. "The consequence we're talking here is life and death."

The manager of Blink Fitness, J.J. Potrikus, says he does not believe gyms are causing COVID-19 cases to spike. That being said, many gyms in the area, including Blink Fitness, close at or before 10 p.m. already. 

Potrikus says they've been open for a little over two months now, and they haven't had to do any contract tracing.

"We feel very confident in the steps we're taking," Potrikus said. "Our members have been incredible, they've been wearing masks and they've been doing it the whole time during their workout. Our staff has been incredible cleaning, members are cleaning up after themselves, we've seen gym etiquette increase because everyone wants us to be able to stay open."

Potrikus says he believes gyms are actually part of the solution, not the problem. He says if cases in the region continue to spike, he hopes the governor will allow them to operate at a reduced capacity, rather than shutting them down.

The statewide positivity rate on Tuesday not including the micro-clusters was 2.5%, with the micro-clusters, 2.9%  The rate of positivity in the micro-clusters was 4.9%. 

As of Tuesday, 1,628 people were in the hospital, 304 of them in the ICU, and 135 of them intubated. Twenty-one New Yorkers died from the coronavirus.

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