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Bars, restaurants allowed to stay open until 11 p.m. effective immediately

New York State has extended the curfew for bars and restaurants, as response shifts to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, bars and restaurants will be able to stay open until 11 p.m. The new rules went into effect for Valentine’s Day weekend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the state’s positivity rate was the lowest it had been since late-November. At this point, New York has also featured 35 consecutive days of decline in positivity.

“We will continue to follow the science and react accordingly,” Cuomo said in a statement. “If we keep the infections down and vaccinations up, we will continue to stay ahead in the footrace against this invisible enemy.”