JAMESTOWN – Starting Monday at 8 p.m. gyms, movie theaters, casinos, restaurants and bars will close by order of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The Governor’s Office says these facilities will remain closed until further notice, minus restaurants and bars being open for take out. The Governor says per a state law change, even alcohol can be order as takeout.
Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies and medical facilities will remain open.
Cuomo recommends that only essential services and businesses stay open after 8 p.m.
Most schools in the state have already closed for an undetermined amount of time, but by Wednesday, the rest of them will be closed, as well. This closure will last at least two weeks. Cuomo says that if conditions “miraculously” improve, the schools could be reopened.
While this massive shutdown takes place, Cuomo encouraged families to spend time together. Local, state and county park fees are waived during this time.
The capacity of hospitals will go beyond Department of Health regulations for the time being. This will allow the facilities to increase space.
It is not yet decided, but the state may cancel elective surgeries across the state. Space will be needed at hospitals, Cuomo says.