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.