Saturday, 30 May, 2020

NY relaxes restrictions, Gov. Cuomo announces gatherings up to 10 people allowed

A cleaning contractor cleans and disinfects a New York City subway car A cleaning contractor cleans and disinfects a New York City subway car
Deanna Wagner | 24 May, 2020, 00:27

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo dropped the state's absolute ban on gatherings of any size on Friday, allowing up to 10 people to group together as long as they still abide by social distancing regulations.

That restriction drew a lawsuit from the New York Civil Liberties Union, which said if it was safe to gather for the objective of honoring veterans and practicing religion, the Constitution requires the same right be extended to people gathering for other reasons.

"The news is good news", with the lowest toll since March 24, Cuomo said in his daily televised briefing.

New Yorkers will be able to convene in groups of 10 following a lawsuit against a Gov.

"They're two different answers, and they're two different questions", Cuomo told reporters, adding, "Probable is different from confirmed".

There are 21,000 beds across New York City's hospital beds.

Since no lifeguards will be on duty, de Blasio doesn't want anyone risking their lives in the water. "There will not be lifeguards". Around 5,000 people remain hospitalized.

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The mayor's latest prediction comes as the city has seen its three daily reopening indicators it has been tracking to determine when New York City can begin relaxing its coronavirus restrictions "stay consistently low".

But the forecast was less than ideal for the holiday weekend, with rain Saturday and clouds expected Sunday. A traffic sign outside the park warned that there was no swimming or barbecuing allowed, but there were few people around to read it.

"We lost 84 New Yorkers to COVID-19 yesterday", Cuomo said in a Saturday tweet.

"The right to protest and exercise free speech is the foundation of all our other liberties, and during a crisis is exactly when we need to be most vigilant about protecting it. Health experts, elected officials, and police officers all agree that people can be outside safely while practicing social distancing, and it's critical that lawmakers create guidelines and direct law enforcement uniformly".

While beaches on Long Island or in New Jersey are usually reached by driving, city residents typically take the subway to summertime destinations like Coney Island or Rockaway Beach. "You can hang out on the beach, but do it in a manner that is consistent with everything we've been talking about", de Blasio said. "But if they need some reminders, of course there'll be people out there educating, giving out face coverings".

Still, the state does note the number of "probable" virus death cases for nursing homes and adult-care facilities along with their confirmed COVID fatalities, just not for NY in general.

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