Part of a series of steps the states are taking collectively and separately to fight the spread of coronavirus

ALBANY — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will limit all bars and restaurants to takeout and delivery service as of 8 p.m. Monday, part of a series of steps the states are taking collectively and separately to fight the spread of the coronavirus.


The states will also shut down all casinos, gyms and movie theaters at 8 p.m., according to the states' governors.


The three governors made the joint announcement Monday morning — about 10 hours before it was due to take effect — as part of a growing effort across state lines to limit the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.


New York, in particular, has been hit hard by the disease, with 950 confirmed cases and seven deaths as of Monday afternoon. The majority of those cases have been downstate, where the state shares a border with New Jersey and Connecticut.


The governors said they hope the new rules in the Tri-State area will keep people from crossing state lines to visit bars and restaurants in states with more relaxed coronavirus restrictions.


"We have agreed to a common set of rules that will pertain in all of our states, so don’t even think of going to a neighboring state because there’s going to be a different set of conditions," Cuomo said.


Rules in place until further notice


The states will keep the new rules in place until further notice, raising the possibility of an extended closure period that could put some small businesses in peril.


The governors said the rules are a necessity as they try to avoid putting their hospitals over capacity, which projections suggest is inevitable.


New York, for example, has about 50,000 hospital beds and 3,000 intensive care unit beds statewide. If a significant portion of the population contracts the virus, the hospitalization rate — about 17% so far in New York — suggests the state would need thousands more beds, particular in the ICU.


Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said the virus "knows no borders."


"This is changing so fast, we have to work on a coordinated basis," he said.


Several New York casinos and racinos already said earlier Monday that they were closing. Empire City in Yonkers closed on Saturday.


The states have all agreed to ban crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to no more than 50 people as of 8 p.m.


New York had previously banned any gatherings over 500 people and limited businesses to 50% of their maximum occupancy.


New York City on Sunday night closed all nightclubs, theaters and concert venues and limited restaurants and bars to takeout and delivery.


The city's order had been set to take effect 9 a.m. Tuesday, but will now be pushed up to match the state.


New York schools will close statewide, too


Cuomo on Monday also announced New York state would mandate the closure of all schools for at least a two-week period beginning Wednesday.


Already, about 86% of schools in New York had announced plans to close on their own.


Cuomo also issued an order requiring local governments to allow non-essential workers to remain home. Under his order, at least 50% of a local government's work force must be kept from the office.


And he also mobilized the New York National Guard to assess spaces that could be quickly transformed into temporary hospitals, such as SUNY dorms and former nursing facilities.


The Democratic governor knocked the federal response to the coronavirus, saying President Donald Trump's administration should have issued nationwide rules that governed how restaurants and bars operated during the current public health crisis.


Absent that, Cuomo said it was critical for the states to work together.


"Having regional coordination at a minimum is imperative," Cuomo said.


Trump, in turn, criticized Cuomo in a tweet Monday afternoon.


"Just had a very good tele-conference with Nations’s Governors," Trump tweeted. "Went very well. Cuomo of New York has to 'do more'."


Cuomo tweeted back: "I have to do more? No — YOU have to do something! You’re supposed to be the President."


New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat like Cuomo and Lamont, said the state's combined effort is supposed to send a message.


"We're all in this together," Murphy said.