A cap on the number of people allowed to gather in private homes and a curfew on bars, restaurants, and gyms are part of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new coronavirus restrictions. The new rules, which will go into effect Friday, say that gyms and all businesses with a state liquor license must close by 10 p.m.
In July, the governor implemented a "three strikes you're closed" policy to shut down bars and restaurants that flouted restrictions during the height of New York City's outbreak.
Republican state Rep. Will Barclay, the New York State Assembly's minority leader, balked at the time.
"We need to ensure public health is protected, but threatening closures isn't helpful," he told Fox News. "This is the time to be working with businesses -- not against them."
Although the move will put a strain on small businesses in New York that have already struggled for months, Cuomo defended his re-implementation of restrictions as necessary to stop the virus's proliferation.
"We know indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID spread," Cuomo said. "To slow the spread [New York state] will limit indoor gatherings at private residences to 10 people."
Cuomo's new restrictions came the day after the governor's office announced that cases were rising again.
Cuomo said 4,820 out of more than 160,000 tests that were reported Tuesday came back positive, which was just under 3%. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 were at 1,628, which were up from 1,548 the previous day.