Parties in private NY homes capped at 10; bars, restaurants, gyms must close earlier

Albany, N.Y. — Gatherings in private homes in New York will be capped at a maximum of 10 people starting Friday in an effort to slow further spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today.

“You go to a party with just your friends, only 10 people,” Cuomo said during a conference call with reporters. “You know these people. They wouldn’t hurt me. They’re my friends. Yeah, I know, but they could be infected.”

Halloween parties, football parties and other social gatherings have all been problems, he added.

The rule only applies to people from different households getting together. The state isn’t asking single households with 10 or more people to split up.

Cuomo also said bars, restaurants and any other business in New York licensed by the State Liquor Authority must close at 10 p.m. starting Friday. Gyms statewide must also close at 10 p.m. starting Friday.


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The Murphy administration ignored earlier lessons as the pandemic spread in nursing homes | Opinion

By Robert Auth

A respiratory virus tragically attacking New Jersey’s most vulnerable populations is nothing new. In fact, it’s a really bad case of déjà vu.

The pandemic scourge ravaging the state has a sad unpleasant precedent. More than a year prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, an adenovirus swept through the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation killing 11 children and sickening 36 residents.

Adenoviruses are spread through respiratory droplets or contact. Those with preexisting conditions, like the patients at Wanaque, were particularly susceptible to falling gravely ill from the strain of virus in the facility.

Investigations by the federal and state governments found critical deficiencies in infection control and management at the nursing home, which cared for 53 ventilator-dependent children and 150 other pediatric and elderly residents. It took two weeks and two deaths for the Wanaque Center to notify health officials of the outbreak.

State inspectors found that

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