N.Y. bars, restaurants can now stay open until 11 p.m.: Gov. Cuomo

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Shant Shahrigian, New York Daily News
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Last call is getting a little later.

Gov. Cuomo on Sunday issued an executive order pushing the statewide curfew for bars, restaurants and other establishments with liquor licenses from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“Hospitalizations and the positivity rate continue to decline, and with the holiday surge now in our rear-view mirror, we must keep taking steps to further re-open the economy safely and responsibly,” he said in a Sunday statement.

The later curfew also applies to gyms and fitness centers, casinos and pool halls, his office noted.

The latest average positivity rate in the Empire State was 3.83%, the lowest since Nov. 29, according to Cuomo’s office.

Indoor dining at 25% capacity has been allowed in the city since Friday.

Cuomo’s new executive order comes as a growing number of Albany politicians is calling for Cuomo to lose his emergency powers.

Fourteen state Senate Democrats issued a statement Friday arguing that the sweeping pandemic powers granted to the governor last year are “no longer appropriate.”