Cuomo lifts gathering restrictions across New York…

Governor Andrew Cuomo lifted restrictions in most hot spot areas across New York state, saying the post-holiday surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations is over.

New York City restaurants must stay closed. The governor said he will be speaking with local officials and will announce a plan by the end of the week for potentially reopening them.

“We’re looking at going back to the 25% would be the question, and how and when do you do that,” Cuomo said Wednesday, referring to a previous limit of 25% of indoor capacity.

So-called yellow zone Restrictions remain in two areas of the Bronx, one in Queens, one in Washington Heights and one in Newburgh, Cuomo said.

In those spots, non-residential gatherings are restricted to a maximum of 25 people, residential gatherings are limited to 10 people, houses of worship can operate at 50% capacity and indoor and outdoor dining is restricted.

Cuomo reported a fifth-straight decline in daily cases. Positivity and hospitalizations are on the decline across the state, he said Wednesday at a virus press briefing.

The governor had said on Jan. 25 that the state was ready to begin loosening restrictions and increasing economic activity across the state. He allowed elective surgeries to resume in Erie County and said he would announce more adjustments today.

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