New York City metal mecca bar Duff’s Brooklyn have announced that they will be closing for at least 2 to 8 weeks. The news comes after NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday an executive order limiting restaurants, bars and cafes to food-take out and deliveries only due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. This order is set to take place on March 17 at 9am.
Here’s a note from Duff’s Brooklyn:
It’s official. We’ll be closed for at least 2 to 8 weeks, per the Mayor’s office. We’ll keep you posted with any new developments, of course. Thank you for your support, and to quote Mr. Kilmister – “Stay Clean” (and safe!) – 💚 Your friends at Duff’s 🤘👹♠️ #666
Here’s De Blasio’s full statement:
Our lives are all changing in ways that were unimaginable just a week ago. We are taking a series of actions that we never would have taken otherwise in an effort to save the lives of loved ones and our neighbors. Now it is time to take yet another drastic step. The virus can spread rapidly through the close interactions New Yorkers have in restaurants, bars and places where we sit close together. We have to break that cycle.
Tomorrow, I will sign an Executive Order limiting restaurants, bars and cafes to food take-out and delivery. Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses, and concert venues must all close. The order will go into effect Tuesday, March 17 at 9:00 AM.
This is not a decision I make lightly. These places are part of the heart and soul of our city. They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker. But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality.
We will come through this, but until we do, we must make whatever sacrifices necessary to help our fellow New Yorkers.
Brooklyn metal bar and concert space Lucky 13 Saloon are also closing.
This past Thursday, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings in NY with 500 people or more.
Live Nation have also paused their arena tours, and a great amount of other tours and shows across the globe have been either postponed or cancelled.
NYC schools will also close.