New York and three other states are ordering the temporary closure of amusement parks, bowling alleys and indoor shopping malls due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The facilities will be required to close by 8 p.m. Thursday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
The directive is the latest effort by a coalition that includes Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Connecticut, New Jersey and New York agreed on Monday to limit crowds for social gatherings to no more than 50 people, close casinos, gyms and movie teachers, and limit bars and restaurants to carryout and delivery services.
Pennsylvania joined the coalition on Wednesday.
“We are doing everything we can as states to reduce density and contain the spread of the virus,” Cuomo said. “It is critical that we remain on the same page as our neighboring states, and so far, we are the only region in the country partnering to create uniform, regional density reduction policies that prevent ‘state shopping.’ We will continue working together to update our regulations and guidance as the situation evolves while keeping a consistent standard across the region.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended canceling or postponing social gatherings of 50 or more people. In New York, public schools are closed, and colleges and universities have shifted to distance learning classes.
Cuomo is mandating that employers implement work-from-home policies and reduce their in-office workforce by 50%. The order takes effect on Friday, March 20.