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Cuomo Says Indoor Dining Could Be Banned By Next Week If NYC Hospitalizations Don’t Stabilize

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

Cuomo Says Indoor Dining Could Be Banned By Next Week If NYC Hospitalizations Don’t Stabilize

With COVID-19 positivity rates continuing to rise across the state (and country), New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo shared some new tactics to keep the spread under control.

He announced a new “Surge and Flex” plan in a press conference Monday, December 7, in order to decide when to enact restrictions. Instead of just basing it on the positivity rate, they will calculate on how far a certain region is from reaching a “critical” number of hospitalizations, ie: if they are 90% full.

If statistics show that a region is three weeks away from reaching that 90% capacity, then the state will start enacting “NY Pause” shutdowns.

For NYC, the Governor said that that if the current hospitalization rate continues to increase over the next 5 days, indoor dining will be banned. The state is following the CDC’s newly released recommendations that identify indoor dining as a “particularly high-risk scenario.”

When pressed by a reporter, he said this will likely happen by Monday, December 14. He also said multiple times at he “expects” the rate to continue rising, which means a shutdown of indoor dining in NYC is almost inevitable.

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In other news: These NYers Have Given Out 18K Face Masks & 200 Gallons Of Sanitizer To NYC Homeless