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New York City Could Begin to Reopen on June 8

New York City Could Begin to Reopen on June 8

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 …

Times Square’s Famous Billboards Went Dark, But Just for One Minute: Here’s Why

Times Square’s Famous Billboards Went Dark, But Just for One Minute: Here’s Why

The famous billboards of Times Square went dark for a moment Wednesday night at 9 p.m. local time to show support for the city’s restaurants, hotels, and non-profit organizations amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Normally brightly lighted by numerous billboards and adverts, Times Square is a major commercial intersection and tourist destination in Midtown Manhattan. It stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets, and is sometimes referred to as “the Crossroads …

Coronavirus Update: U.S. Cases Cross 100,000 Mark, U.K. to Roll Out Mass Testing, EasyJet Plans Layoffs

Coronavirus Update: U.S. Cases Cross 100,000 Mark, U.K. to Roll Out Mass Testing, EasyJet Plans Layoffs

IN BRIEF
Officials in the United States said that the death toll there had crossed the 100,000 mark on Thursday.
The United Kingdom announced it will start mass coronavirus testing and contact tracing on Thursday.  Individuals with symptoms of Covid-19 who test positive will be asked to provide a list of all individuals with whom they spent a minimum of 15 minutes with.  These people will in turn be contacted and asked …

JetBlue to Restart Service to 13 International Destinations in June

JetBlue to Restart Service to 13 International Destinations in June

JetBlue Airways announced tentative plans to restart a number of international flights that were suspended amidst the coronavirus from several U.S. cities next month.
The New York-based airline will restart service linking John F. Kennedy International Airport to 11 cities including Cancun; Grenada; Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica; Port-au-Prince; Provincials and Turks and Caicos, St. Lucia; and Santiago, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The carrier will also bring …

Coronavirus Update: Memorial Day Marked with Closed Beaches, All 50 States Begin to Reopen, India Restarts Domestic Flights

Coronavirus Update: Memorial Day Marked with Closed Beaches, All 50 States Begin to Reopen, India Restarts Domestic Flights

IN BRIEF
The United States reached a milestone over the past week in that all 50 states began to reopen in some fashion, although there are dramatic differences between what measures have been relaxed in one state compared to another.  Scientists and epidemiologists remain cautious, however, and many have warned of the potential for a second wave of novel coronavirus infections.
The Trump Administration released a new testing strategy on Sunday that …

The 2020 New York International Auto Show Has Been Cancelled Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

The 2020 New York International Auto Show Has Been Cancelled Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

The 2020 New York International Auto Show, which was slated to take place in early April at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and then postponed until August, has been cancelled, the show’s organizers said.
The Javits Center location is currently an active field hospital that is in stand-by mode for patients and it is closed for expos and conferences, making the August show “unfeasible,” conference organizers said.
The show dates back …

Coronavirus Update: Brazil Overtakes Russia in Number of Cases, New York State Relaxes Rules

Coronavirus Update: Brazil Overtakes Russia in Number of Cases, New York State Relaxes Rules

IN BRIEF
It’s the start of Memorial Day Weekend in the United States, the unofficial start of summer, and a time where friends and family gather for picnics and barbecues.   Given the ease with which the virus spreads, keep any gatherings as small as possible and make sure your guests share your concerns for protecting against the spread of the virus.  Finally, stay outdoors and offer lots of hand sanitizer.
The economic …