NEW YORK — New York State is shutting down all tanning facilities in the state as it seeks to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The closures are expected to start on Friday and could last for weeks, according to the state Department of Health.
The department says the shutdowns are part of an effort to help New Yorkers avoid contracting the virus, which is causing a spike in the number of deaths and infections.
The state is shutting the state’s five biggest tanning and beauty salons down, including one in the Bronx, the department said on Thursday.
The state said the closures were part of efforts to address the coronatavirus outbreak, which has killed at least 10 people and infected more than 11,000 people.
The closure of the five New York tanning parlors follows the closure of several other tanning establishments in the New York metropolitan area, including two in New Jersey, a few in Washington, D.C., and several in California.
The closures come after several high-profile cases in the United States, including a doctor from New Jersey who contracted the virus.
The health department has been scrambling to contain the spread and quarantine cases in hospitals.
It shut down about 50 tanning rooms nationwide last week as well as several facilities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, where health officials have reported the highest number of cases.
The New York health department said the outbreak was far more severe than previously believed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.