Gov. Cuomo: 74% of new COVID cases stem from household gatherings
Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a new warning about indoor gatherings Friday as COVID-19 cases on Long Island and statewide continue to climb.
Gov. Cuomo says 74% of new cases in the state are coming from household gatherings. Cuomo says only 1.4% of cases come from bars and restaurants and .06 from gyms.
Cuomo announced that all indoor dining in New York City will stop starting Monday. That has some Long Island restaurant owners worried.
Eric LeVine, chef and owner of 317 Main Street in Farmingdale, says if Long Island restaurants close again businesses will not survive.
"If the governor doesn't step in and do something to help these businesses it's going to be a long ugly winter and a long 2021," says LeVine.
Cuomo says he may reduce indoor dining capacity on Long Island and other areas from 50 to 25%.
"We're going to watch this weekend and make any adjustments if the data suggests," says Cuomo.
Charlie Cassara, president of the U.S. Fitness Coalition, owns gyms in Hicksville and Farmingdale. He's part of the group that's suing the state to lift restrictions on gyms.
"We are absolutely unfairly targeted. I do have concern that we may be shut again," says Cassara. "But with the numbers and data that we're giving him, he's gonna have a hard time proving that one."
LeVine says if indoor dining capacity is reduced, he hopes the government will lend a financial hand to businesses.