COVID crackdown underway as "substantial" restrictions coming to NYC

“In the next week or two we should see some substantial restrictions,” said de Blasio. “I think indoor dining will be closed, gyms will be closed. I’m not happy about it. No one is happy about it but that’s what’s coming.”

The coronavirus positivity rate is expected to spike during the holidays. On Staten Island, the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus has tripled in the last three weeks. Across the state, the positivity rate has increased by 120% for the same time period.

“The day after New Year’s, the positivity rate will go from 2.9% to 12%,” said NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo.