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All gyms, movie theaters, casinos to close statewide at 8 p.m.

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Posted at 10:34 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 17:53:16-04

BUFFALO, N.Y (WKBW) — Coronavirus in New York State is forcing the closure of many amenities we use frequently.

Gyms, movie theaters and casinos will be closed, statewide, effective 8:00 p.m. Monday.

Restaurants and bars will be takeout and delivery only.

"Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn't crash our healthcare system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that," Governor Cuomo said. "This is not a war that can be won alone, which is why New York is partnering with our neighboring states to implement a uniform standard that not only keeps our people safe but also prevents 'state shopping' where residents of one state travel to another and vice versa. I have called on the federal government to implement nationwide protocols but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves."

Any mass gathering is now being limited to 50 people.

These closures and new actions affect people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's taking this action to reduce the spread of cornavirus.

These closures are in effect until further notice.

Statewide, there are 729 positive cases of coronavirus.

Seven people have tested positive for coronavirus in Erie County.