Cuomo announces sweeping new restrictions amid coronavirus outbreak

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have announced there will be statewide bans on all gatherings over 50 people.

News 12 Staff

Mar 16, 2020, 4:26 PM

Updated 1,585 days ago

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During a press conference this morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made several announcements in regard to the state’s efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Among the announcements, Gov. Cuomo says bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters and casinos across the state will close tonight at 8 p.m. until further notice.
However, bars, restaurants, breweries and wineries will be allowed to serve take-out for whatever they would normally serve. There is also a ban on gatherings of 50 people or more across the state.
Cuomo also announced that he is calling on the federal government to put this universal plan in place. New Jersey and Connecticut have rolled out the same restrictions.
Meanwhile, since schools across the state are set to all be closed for at least two weeks. Gov. Cuomo also announced that all park fees will be waived.
Gov. Cuomo also announced that he is going to set up mobile testing facilities on Long Island, in Rockland County and on State Island based on the success of the facility in New Rochelle.
Gov. Cuomo says he plans to utilize the National Guard to help build additional medical facilities with pre-existing buildings to handle the influx of COVID-19 patients.
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