Cortland County Reminds Businesses and Residents that New COVID Restrictions Take Effect Tonight

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Press release from the Cortland County Legislature.

Following Governor Cuomo’s announcement Wednesday that bars, restaurants, gyms must close by 10 PM and that private gatherings are limited in size Cortland County is reminding everyone that these new rules take effect tonight at 10 PM.

Under the new regulations, Effective Friday at 10 p.m., bars, restaurants, and gyms or fitness centers, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment, will be required to close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Restaurants will still be allowed to provide curbside, food-only pick-up or delivery after 10 p.m., but will not be permitted to serve alcohol to go.

The Governor also announced that indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences will be limited to no more than 10 people. The limit will be implemented due to the recent prevalence of COVID spread resulting from small indoor gatherings including Halloween parties. These gatherings have become a major cause of cluster activity across the state. This new rule is also effective Friday at 10 p.m.
In response to the new regulations Cortland County Legislative Chairman Paul Heider offered the following statement, “Cortland County is interested in public compliance with these new orders and urges everyone to follow the best practices which include limiting non-essential activity and non-essential gatherings, wearing a mask, and maintaining good hygiene.

Heider went on to say, “As the holidays approach everyone needs to be mindful of these restrictions and guidelines and look for creative ways to connect with family and friends without risking their health and safety by gathering in-person in larger groups. We understand this is a hardship for many families as the holidays are time-honored traditions, but a little sacrifice now will help ensure that future gatherings can occur with our loved ones.”

Cortland County continues to see an increase in the number of COVID cases and recently experienced its first COVID related fatality.