NEW YORK, NY – On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo officially announced that New York City would enter Phase 3 of reopening on Monday, July 6.
According to NBC 4 New York, Cuomo revealed that New York City would be allowed to enter Phrase 3 of reopening without indoor dining. Last week Governor Cuomo expressed concern about entering Phase 3 due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in New York and across the country. However, the 7-day-average of new infections remains at approximately 1% in New York, which encouraged the governor to allow reopening to continue.
Although the rest of New York State reopened indoor dining during Phase 3, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided that indoor dining was too much of a risk at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite this change to Phase 3, the new guidelines will still allow many more businesses and public spaces to reopen, including:
- Tattoo parlors
- Nail and tanning salons
- Outdoor sport courts
- Dog runs
- Rush hour service on the Staten Island Ferry
These locations must continue to enforce statewide COVID-19 regulations during the reopening. There are also some restrictions in place regarding the services these locations may provide. For example, businesses may not offer services that would require a customer to remove their face mask, such as a facial or face piercing.
Furthermore, employees across the state must receive a diagnostic COVID-19 test every two weeks. They must also complete a daily screening for the virus before entering the workplace.
Governor Cuomo reports that New York has become a national leader in COVID-19 control because of the extensive safety precautions the government has put in place. He also mentioned that state residents are doing their part to reduce the spread of the virus by making safe choices and following health guidelines.
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