COVID-19 curfew extended to 11 p.m. for bars and restaurants across New York state

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Closing time for bars and restaurants in New York has been extended an extra hour.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that starting Sunday February 14, bars and restaurants can remain open until 11 p.m. statewide due to the continuing decline of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates.

“Our decisions are based on science and data and we adjust as the virus adjusts. The infection rate and hospitalizations have continued to significantly decline,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “Accordingly, we have adjusted with arena and catering hall openings with rigorous testing and limited capacity indoor dining openings in New York City. We will also move the restaurant and bar closing hour from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. statewide on Sunday. We will continue to follow the science and react accordingly. If we keep the infections down and vaccinations up, we will continue to stay ahead in the footrace against this invisible enemy.”

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Chuck Cerankosky owns Restaurant Good Luck. He said extending the closing time is step in the right direction, but hopes it’s lifted altogether soon. “I would hope closing times would be forgotten about and left alone because it does make scheduling and staffing and revenue more difficult to achieve. I would like to see those hours removed before other restrictions are removed.”

Dozens of restaurants and bars in Monroe and Erie County have sued the state over the curfew. A judge originally issued a temporary restraining order, lifting the curfew for those who were part of the lawsuit. However on Wednesday, the curfew was reinstated for those in the lawsuit.

Now a second group of restaurants, including Windjammers in Charlotte, is suing too.

“It’s really sad when you got a full bar everybody in the chairs and everything and 10 minutes to 10 you gotta go, you gotta leave, it’s disgusting. This lawsuit I think it’s too bad we have to do it through a lawsuit but we have to bring attention to us,” said Lee Selover, the owner of Windjammers.

Now last call will be at 11 instead of 10 but many restaurants and bars are typically open until midnight or 2 a.m. Scott Thyroff owns Pittsford Pub.

“The extra hour helps, it seems like every night of the week at quarter to 10 I’m turning up the lights turning the TVs off cause we still have people sitting at the bar so I’m sure they would continue to stay if we were able to stay open longer, so at least now we get another hour out of it,” Thyroff said.

The restaurants in the first round of the lawsuit are in court again on Tuesday to try to reverse the curfew again.

The 10 p.m. curfew has been in effect across New York state since November 11, 2020.

COVID-19 orange and yellow zone restrictions were lifted in the Finger Lakes Region and across upstate New York in late January, but some limitations remained still in place — including curfews for bars and restaurants.

New York’s seven day rolling average of positive cases on Friday was 4.04% with 7,068 patients hospitalized, a decline in 274 patients. An additional 834 patients were discharged from the hospital and 135 patients passed away, raising the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 36,882.

The regional hospital bed capacity and occupancy numbers, including the number of hospitalizations as a percent of the region’s population, is as follows:

RegionCOVID Patients Currently in Hospital in RegionCOVID Patients as Percent of Region PopulationPercent of Hospital Beds Available Within 7 Days Under Surge Plan
Capital Region2980.03%28%
Central New York1550.02%31%
Finger Lakes3400.03%40%
Long Island1,2310.04%30%
Mid-Hudson7630.03%42%
Mohawk Valley1290.03%31%
New York City3,5600.04%30%
North Country710.02%53%
Southern Tier1900.03%45%
Western New York3310.02%35%
Statewide7,0680.04%33%

The regional ICU bed capacity and occupancy numbers are as follows:

RegionTotal ICU Beds in RegionTotal Occupied ICU Beds in RegionPercent of ICU Beds Available in Region (7-day Avg)
Capital Region26221317%
Central New York26217929%
Finger Lakes39725633%
Long Island86768820%
Mid-Hudson68542938%
Mohawk Valley1279028%
New York City2,5992,08620%
North Country613543%
Southern Tier1268038%
Western New York54534737%
Statewide5,9314,40326%

Yesterday, 237,134 test results were reported to New York State, and 3.54 percent were positive. Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:  

REGIONTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAY
Capital Region3.32%3.03%2.88%
Central New York1.85%1.79%1.74%
Finger Lakes2.82%2.66%2.54%
Long Island5.29%5.17%5.08%
Mid-Hudson5.28%5.06%4.98%
Mohawk Valley2.88%2.57%2.35%
New York City5.08%4.95%4.75%
North Country4.45%4.24%3.92%
Southern Tier1.15%1.02%0.95%
Western New York4.04%3.51%3.57%
Statewide4.31%4.16%4.04%

Each New York City borough’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

BOROUGHTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAY
Bronx6.74%7.13%6.69%
Brooklyn5.35%5.58%5.16%
Manhattan3.21%3.31%2.97%
Queens5.14%5.42%5.11%
Staten Island4.85%5.04%4.76%

Of the 1,512,690 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany19,83284
Allegany2,73413
Broome13,58553
Cattaraugus4,10631
Cayuga5,12329
Chautauqua6,97333
Chemung6,2499
Chenango2,29813
Clinton3,12926
Columbia3,19618
Cortland2,9909
Delaware1,34019
Dutchess20,595118
Erie61,067331
Essex1,21513
Franklin1,77623
Fulton2,95235
Genesee4,1689
Greene2,5007
Hamilton2643
Herkimer4,4098
Jefferson4,38432
Lewis1,8965
Livingston3,30224
Madison3,66912
Monroe50,240160
Montgomery2,92620
Nassau137,944748
Niagara14,61457
NYC649,4054,195
Oneida19,06837
Onondaga31,26194
Ontario5,46014
Orange34,245188
Orleans2,35317
Oswego5,73020
Otsego2,14412
Putnam7,80256
Rensselaer8,48324
Rockland36,423176
Saratoga11,25644
Schenectady10,35838
Schoharie1,0956
Schuyler8392
Seneca1,4808
St. Lawrence4,87441
Steuben5,31815
Suffolk152,603810
Sullivan4,45612
Tioga2,6409
Tompkins3,30026
Ulster9,38237
Warren2,66713
Washington2,13121
Wayne4,2807
Westchester100,504520
Wyoming2,66219
Yates9951

Yesterday, 135 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 36,882. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
CountyNew Deaths
Albany1
Bronx14
Broome4
Cattaraugus1
Chenango1
Dutchess1
Erie9
Essex1
Jefferson3
Kings17
Livingston1
Manhattan11
Monroe4
Nassau8
Niagara1
Oneida4
Onondaga1
Orange1
Oswego1
Queens22
Richmond1
Rockland2
Saratoga2
Schoharie1
Suffolk13
Tompkins1
Wayne1
Westchester8

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