by Rusty Brooks
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York City will enter Phase Three of reopening tomorrow, but that indoor dining will not reopen there. The governor also updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.
“New York City is a crowded, dense urban area and — until recently — was the global epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis,” Governor Cuomo said. “Out of an abundance of caution and after seeing other states’ experiences with indoor dining, we will wait to reopen it as the city moves to Phase Three tomorrow. As we end this holiday weekend, I urge everyone to be New York Tough: wear a mask, socially distance, use hand sanitizer and continue the smart practices that have made our state a national leader in combatting this virus. I also remind local governments of their duty to enforce the standards that have made NY’s reopening safe and successful.”
Despite the reversal on indoor dining, New York City will move forward with the rest of Phase 3, which includes an expansion on resuming personal care services such as nail salons, massage, spas, tanning, tattoos, piercings, and waxing, Pix 11 reported.
Personal care businesses reopening under Phase 3 must follow state guidelines, including limiting customer and employee capacity to 50% of building occupancy, mandatory face coverings, social distancing and more, Pix 11 reported.
Employees will be required to get diagnostic tests for the coronavirus every 14 days, and there must be customer screening, like a questionnaire or temperature checks.
Phase 3 also includes the resumption of more outdoor recreation activities. That includes basketball, tennis, volleyball, handball, and soccer. Dog runs will open as well.
There were 533 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, which is down from 726 positives on Friday and 916 positives on Thursday — the first time the daily case number had edged over 900 since early June, Cuomo said on Sunday.
The positivity rate of those tested on Saturday dropped to 0.84%, from 1.16% on Friday, according to the governor. Total Stats as of Sunday: Patient Hospitalization – 832 (-12) Patients Newly Admitted – 54 (-9) Hospital Counties – 28 Number ICU – 178 (-12) Number ICU with Intubation – 116 (-3) Total Discharges – 70,968 (+91) Deaths – 8 Total Deaths – 24,904