Statewide Restrictions Imposed for COVID-19

Senator Pete Harckham Update on Coronavirus

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Posted by Senator Pete Harckham on Monday, March 16, 2020

Citing “a lack of federal direction and nationwide standards,” New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont on Monday, March 16 announced a regional approach to combating the novel coronavirus — or COVID-19 — throughout the tri-state area.

All the following took effect Monday, March 16, at 8 p.m.

The three states will limit crowd capacity for recreational and social gatherings to 50 people.

Restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery only.

Movie theaters, gyms and casinos will temporarily close.

Uniform approach to social distancing will slow spread of COVID-19 throughout the tri-state area.

These uniform standards will limit crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people. This follows updated guidance that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued yesterday recommending the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 people or more.

The three governors also announced restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only. These establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol.

Finally, the three governors said they will temporarily close movie theaters, gyms and casinos.

This uniform approach to social distancing is meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

For more information, visit https://www.governor.ny.gov.

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