Now gyms and casinos join restaurants and bars with extended closure at 11 p.m.

Left: Planet Fitness on Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma on Feb. 12, 2020, shortly after its grand opening. Right: Jake's 58 along the Long Island Expressway in Islandia on Sept. 8, 2020, as casinos in New York state were allowed to reopen.

LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) —  If you want to hit the weights or try your luck on the slots during the COVID-19 pandemic, you now have until 11 p.m. Gyms, casinos and other establishments can now close at 11 p.m., along with bars and restaurants.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday he signed Executive Order 202.94 extending closing times for bars, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, casinos, billiards halls, as well as other State Liquor Authority-licensed establishments, from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. statewide beginning Sunday. Cuomo said the continued decline in hospitalization and infection rates throughout New York state paved the way to the decision. 

"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," Cuomo said. "Accordingly, I have already signed an Executive Order to move the closing times for restaurants and bars to 11 p.m. statewide, and now we will do the same for gyms and fitness centers, casinos, billiards halls, and any other location with an SLA license."

Cuomo added, "As we move forward, we will continue to follow the science and data and take these kinds of steps to help us finally return to normal."

On Friday, Cuomo announced closing times for restaurants and bars would be extended from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. statewide, and this executive order extends that closing time for gyms or fitness centers, casinos, billiards halls, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment. 

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