The increase in COVID cases in New York State has resulted in new regulations on gatherings at private residences and travel to the state that should be taken into consideration when making Thanksgiving plans.
On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo issued new COVID-19 restrictions, including that indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences will be limited to no more than 10 people. The limit will be implemented due to the recent prevalence of COVID spread resulting from small indoor gatherings including Halloween parties. These gatherings have become a major cause of cluster activity across the state.This public health measure brings New York State in line with neighboring states including Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. This new rule is effective today at 10 p.m.
Earlier in the month the governor issued a new travel advisory, and new mandatory quarantine and COVID-19 test requirements. There are exceptions for travel to states that border New York State, including Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
The governor also issued new COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, and gyms
Under the governor’s directive, effective today at 10 p.m., bars, restaurants, and gyms or fitness centers, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment, will be required to close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Restaurants will still be allowed to provide curbside, food-only pick-up or delivery after 10 p.m., but will not be permitted to serve alcohol to go. The State Liquor Authority will issue further guidance for licensees as to what sales are continued to be permitted.