WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — As of Friday, more than 10 million people have now been diagnosed with COVID-19 nationwide, and some state governments are responding with new restrictions.
In New York, a curfew takes effect Friday, closing bars, restaurants and gyms by 10 p.m.
"Essentially they’re identifying that a lot of the least desirable behavior in a pandemic is occurring after 10 o’clock," Robert Provost, the President & CEO of the New York State Tourism Industry Association told CBS12 News.
Social gatherings with more than 10 people will also be limited in the Empire State as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, the Mayor is urging residents to avoid social gatherings altogether, saying "stay home unless you have to go out for essential reasons, do not have guests over and cancel your traditional Thanksgiving plans."
Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, and California have also cracked down on indoor gatherings by issuing some type of restrictions on dining, like curfews or capacity limits.
Florida is one of the few states that has not announced any new restrictions as COVID-19 cases have continued to climb.
Sid Sethi, the owner of the “Twisted Tuna” restaurant in Port Salerno says he's grateful that the state has not imposed any new restrictions on his business.
"For our industry, that is our biggest fear," Sethi told CBS12 News. "That two month stretch when everything was locked down was one of the most difficult financial and emotional stretches for me and as well as for the staff here. The amount of jobs that were lost... it was a very, very difficult run."