The scheduled July 6 reopening of New York City, which would have allowed for indoor-dining, has been postponed, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday, who cited the spike in of Covid-19 cases around the country.
“We are going to postpone phase three indoor dining for New York City until the facts change and it is prudent to open. At this point, it isn’t prudent. This is a New York City-only modification because frankly it’s a problem that is most pronounced in New York City,” Cuomo said. “All the numbers are good across the state, but we need to be diligent and cautious especially now that we are seeing the storm clouds from other states on the horizon. Otherwise we will see the rate of infection go up in New York and no one wants to go back to the hell that we experienced.”
New York City has been at the epicenter of the epidemic.
Cuomo also announced that New York State will create an enforcement department to supplement the local enforcement of COVID-19 guidance and restrictions.
He also noted that at least six major retailers are requiring customers to wear face coverings while shopping at their stores nationwide, including: Costco, C-Town, Gristedes and D’Agostino, Stop & Shop, Tops and Whole Foods.
The governor also announced that New York State will expand its testing criteria to all New Yorkers statewide. New York conducts more tests per capita than any big country in the world and now has the capacity to expand the testing criteria.
The governor also renewed his call on President Trump to wear a mask.
The governor also updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since Tuesday, the numbers are:
- Patient Hospitalization – 879 (-12)
- Patients Newly Admitted – 71 (-1)
- Hospital Counties – 29
- Number ICU – 226 (+9)
- Number ICU that are intubated – 139 (+2)
- Total Discharges – 70,590 (+103)
- Deaths – 11
- Total Deaths – 24,866