Tuesday, 02 June, 2020

New York Governor Cuomo Permits Resumption of Religious Gatherings, With Strict Restrictions

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Gustavo Carr | 23 May, 2020, 01:38

"We're seeing very clear progress", he said as the number of people hospitalized for suspected COVID-19 and the number of people in Health and Hospitals intensive care units decreased.

The city has been keeping track of these indicators for almost five weeks, but has not included Staten Island's two private hospitals and private hospitals all across the city in its ICU indicator count.

David Marcus, the author of an op-ed calling for an urgent reopening of New York City's economy, appeared on "America's Newsroom" Tuesday to explain why businesses need to reopen after waiting two months for the curve of coronavirus cases to flatten.

Once those metrics are reached different regions across the state can reopen their economics in four phases.

In a New York Post op-ed that was featured on the newspaper's cover, Marcus wrote: "Last Friday morning, some 3,500 New Yorkers lined up at a Catholic church in Queens to receive free food hours before it even opened, according to the New York Police Department".

Disney World to Submit Reopening Plans Next Week
We'll continue to keep you posted as soon as we learn official news on reopening plans from Walt Disney World . The theme park has submitted plans to the governor to reopen and expects to resume operations sometime in June.

Video: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tells his daily press briefing on May 20, 2020, that the Bronx borough, where a majority of residents are African Americans and Latino Americans, has the highest COVID-19 positive rate of 34 percent, compared with a citywide average of 19.9 percent.

"If you make those numbers tomorrow, you open tomorrow", Cuomo said. "Again, that's manufacturing, construction, wholesale and retail only for curbside pickup". "But I think it's going to be first or second week in June unless people get undisciplined and start to lose track of the standards and we start to see a resurgence".

Thankfully, and ironically, over Mother's Day weekend, Gov. Cuomo reversed his policy and finally announced that nursing homes in the state will no longer be required to admit patients who are positive for COVID-19.

The CNBC commentator went on to note that if he were in another city, he would be thinking: "What the heck is going on in NY?!"

"The day-to-day changes, the small up and downs, matter less", he said in explaining the new criteria for reopening.