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Restaurants, bars to reduce to takeout, delivery only statewide for coronavirus, Cuomo says

Restaurants, bars to reduce to takeout, delivery only statewide for coronavirus, Cuomo says

Governors of New Jersey and Connecticut implemented the same rules
Restaurants, bars to reduce to takeout, delivery only statewide for coronavirus, Cuomo says
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ALBANY - Restaurants and bars statewide are set to close for on premises services are to close effective at 8 p.m. Monday evening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

Restaurants and bars will only be able to operate through take-out and delivery after that time, Cuomo said. Those establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol.

Also, movie theaters, gyms and casinos statewide will close at the same time, Cuomo said. All remaining schools that have yet to close will close now, Cuomo said.

Cuomo announced the new rules in a joint agreement between the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut. The same rules will apply across the three states.

Social and recreational gatherings of 50 or more people will also now be banned. 

"Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn't crash our healthcare system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that," Cuomo said in a statement. "This is not a war that can be won alone."

Cuomo made the announcement as the state's confirmed infections climbed to 950 statewide, 221 of those new Monday. The number of deaths in the state increased to seven, up from three Sunday.

Locally, the number of confirmed positive cases in Albany grew to 12 in the official figures, up from eight reported Sunday. 

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