On Dec. 11, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released the state's first comprehensive numbers regarding contact tracing of coronavirus infections. Based on 46,000 cases identified between September and December (out of a total of 700,000 cases recorded since the pandemic began), restaurants and bars accounted for approximately 1.4% of exposures in the state. Household social gatherings accounted for nearly three-quarters of the cases, the state found.
Gov. Cuomo halted indoor service at all bars and restaurants in New York City from Dec. 14 until further notice.
Attempts to trace infections have varied in accuracy and in findings across the country. In Washington, D.C., authorities said restaurants and bars were associated with 13.8% of infections between Aug. 1 and Nov. 26. In San Diego, they accounted for 9.2% of exposures between June 5 and Dec. 12.