Some New York regions begin phased reopenings

Tuesday, 19 May, 2020

The city's embattled health commissioner is staying on the job.

"Both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of Covid-19 have been documented in New York State and are expected to continue", Cuomo said in the order as reported by the Times Union. Pools will not be allowed to open.

Central New York, which includes Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties, was in the "yellow" with six benchmarks earlier this week, but was given the green light on Thursday after ramping up testing.

Murphy announced on Tuesday beaches and boardwalks would reopen with some restrictions on the number of visitors given access so people can properly socially distance.

"We're not going to tolerate people starting to congregate".

De Blasio said opening the shore to swimmers was "not the right thing to do" despite Gov. "I think this plan makes the most sense".

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York's beaches will be open for Memorial Day weekend, along with beaches in New Jersey, Connecticut and DE, but at 50% capacity and with strict rules about social distancing. New York City, Long Island and Western New York meet four metrics, as of this writing.

Cuomo says the beaches where social distancing rules are not followed will be immediately shut down.

Cuomo said the five regions of NY that have already opened were required to have a certain number of tracers proportionate to their populations.

An agreement with CVS will allow samples to be collected at more than 60 of the chain's pharmacies across the state, Mr Cuomo said.

It's worth noting that New York City is the country's most populous and densest, while San Francisco is the second densest and 13th most populous.

De Blasio's warning about taking a dip at the beach appears to be impressing few, though, as people grow increasingly frustrated with Covid-19 lockdown measures.

De Blasio has said that most New Yorkers are following guidelines banning gatherings and requiring face coverings in public.

Cuomo said Friday that 132 had died the previous day from the coronavirus, the state's lowest-daily death toll since March 27. "I look forward to her doing good and important work".

De Blasio added that the New York Police Department and Parks Department will be deployed to ensure that the rules are carried out.