New York City Could Begin to Reopen on June 8

By Paul Riegler on 29 May 2020
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New York City should be able to enter Phase 1 of its reopening on June 8, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced at his morning briefing.

“We are on track to reopen on June 8,” the governor said, speaking from the La Penta School of Business in New Rochelle.

The Big Apple is the only part of the state that has yet to meet all of the seven benchmarks the governor set forth for regions to begin to reopen their economies.

The governor cautioned that reopening doesn’t mean a return to the past.

“It is reopening to a new normal. It’s a safer normal. Reopening doesn’t’ mean going back to the past,” he said.

Phase 1 will allow construction, manufacturing, wholesale supply chain businesses to reopen, in addition to shops for curbside or in-store pickup.

On Thursday, the New York City Council began to consider new legislation that would require the Department of Transportation to identify streets, sidewalks, plazas, and other open spaces where restaurants could set up shop outside, and it would grant restaurants temporary sidewalk licenses at no cost, which would allow them to place tables outside their restaurants.

The five upstate regions which were the first to enter Phase 1 have been cleared to proceed to Phase 2, which will allow shops, offices, and personal-service businesses such as hair salons and barber shops to reopen, albeit with restrictions that include a requirement for face masks and social distancing.

The news came as the governor announced that the death toll for the prior 24 hours was 67, the lowest figure in over two months.

The city still has yet to meet two of Cuomo’s seven criteria before it can join the rest of the state in reopening. The two criteria are hospital capacity – it needs to keep 30% of beds available – and it needs to have the required number of contact tracers.  Currently the city has 28% of hospital beds available for new patients.

Meanwhile, the city of New Rochelle, the first epicenter of the coronavirus in New York State, has begun the first phase of its reopening.

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