NY, NJ, Connecticut to Close Eateries, Limit Gatherings to 50 People

A man walks by a police vehicle parked outside P.S. 142 after New York City schools were ordered to close due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Manhattan, New York, Monday. (Reuters/Andrew Kelly)


Restaurants and places of entertainment are being shuttered at 8 p.m. Monday throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut because of the coronavirus, the states’ governors said.

The governors said essential businesses like supermarkets and gas stations will be able to stay open after 8 p.m., though all non-essential businesses must close. Restaurants will be able to offer takeout and delivery. They also agreed to ban gatherings larger than 50 people, as of Monday night.

The steps mark the latest escalation of efforts to keep people apart in the New York metropolitan area, and an attempt to coordinate a response.

“We’ve got to work through this together. The feds have been asleep at the switch,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont told reporters on a conference call.