KANSAS CITY — More states and cities could see temporary stay-at-home orders and shutdowns as COVID-19 continues to spread, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The number of new cases already was rising before the Thanksgiving holiday, which saw many Americans travel or gather in both large and small groups. The full extent of a Thanksgiving-related surge will not be known until around Christmas, which may prompt another surge of cases, the agency said.

Dec. 14
Restaurants and bars in New York City were ordered to close for indoor dining indefinitely beginning Monday, Dec. 14. Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday the city was on course to reach 90% of its hospital capacity, at which point all nonessential businesses in the city could be ordered closed.

In Delaware, restaurants and bars will be a subject to a 10 p.m. curfew for indoor dining beginning Monday, Dec. 14. Other new restrictions include a 30% capacity cap on restaurants and a universal mask order. A statewide stay-at-home advisory also goes into effect Monday. Under the advisory, which lasts until at least Jan. 14, residents are urged to avoid all gatherings indoors with anyone outside of their home.

New pandemic measures took hold in Pennsylvania on Saturday, Dec. 12. Indoor dining was suspended in the state until at least Jan. 4. Other restrictions include new limits on social gatherings and lower retail occupancy limits. Entertainment venues, indoor gyms and school sports also were shut down.

In Baltimore, restaurants and bars were ordered to close for indoor dining beginning Friday, Dec. 11, two days after Maryland reintroduced a 50% capacity cap on restaurants and bars across the state.

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