JAMESTOWN – The closing time for bars and restaurants across New York State will be extended an extra hour starting Valentine’s Day.
That’s according to Governor Andrew Cuomo who made the announcement on Friday.
He says 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,” said Cuomo. “The infection rate and hospitalizations have continued to significantly decline.”
The state also adjusted arena and catering hall openings in New York City, following rigorous testing and limited capacity indoor capacity.
“We will continue to follow the science and react accordingly,” furthered Cuomo. “If we keep the infections down and vaccinations up, we will continue to stay ahead in the footrace against this invisible enemy.”
New York’s seven day rolling average of positive cases on Friday was 4.04 percent 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.