November 11, 2020 5:00 pm – New restrictions put in place

Today Governor Cuomo announced that Steuben County has been removed from the State‚Äôs COVID-19 micro-cluster focus areas. Based on declining and low positivity rates, Steuben County is now eligible to have its yellow precautionary zone status and restrictions removed. 

While this is good news for Steuben County, the virus is still prevalent in the region with no change to the Chemung County focus areas. In addition, areas in Tioga County have also been designated as a yellow zone based on a positivity rate above 4 percent. 

The Governor also announced new COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms and residential gatherings in New York State. 

Effective Friday (November 13th) 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.

Finally, the Governor also announced 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 also effective Friday at 10 p.m. The full announcement can be found here