From tomorrow, restaurants in San Francisco will be shuttered again due to rising Covid cases, while a 10pm curfew is being introduced in New York.
As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, the city’s mayor, London Breed, announced the news on Tuesday.
“The virus is spreading and we have to make the hard decisions. Making a decision to support opening a business and then asking that business to close, it’s heartbreaking. It’s very unfortunate, but it is necessary,” Breed said.
The move was deemed necessary in order to stem the rising tide in coronavirus cases. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that in the past two weeks, the Covid-19 case rate in San Francisco went from 3.7 to 9 per 100,000 residents. There are an average of 80 new cases per day, up from 32 at the end of October.
The indoor dining rules were already strict in San Francisco, with venues only allowed to operate at 25% capacity since reopening at the end of September.
On Tuesday, 10 California counties were placed in more restrictive tiers in the state’s reopening timeline due to increasing Covid cases.
Meanwhile, in New York, bars and restaurants with liquor licenses will have to adhere to a 10pm curfew from tomorrow in a bid to control the rising tide of coronavirus cases there.
As reported by Eater New York, the city’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced the news yesterday, with the curfew affecting both outdoor and indoor dining.
Venues will still be allowed to run a takeaway and delivery service after 10pm, but only for food. Takeaway alcohol orders will have to adhere to the curfew.
According to Eater, Cuomo called on the NYPD to lead the enforcement effort in the city, saying the sheriff’s office alone would not be able to carry out the work.