New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced on May 29 that the city has a re-opening date and a plan in place, following the closure of thousands of businesses due to the coronavirus. The city will begin opening on June 8, after the city found only 5% of residents tested positive for the virus, which is the lowest yet.

To meet safety criteria to begin opening up on that day, New York City will need ” reduction in the rate of new hospitalizations to at least two per 100,000 residents a day, or about 170 a day in the city; a reduction in the hospital-bed vacancy rate; a reduction in the intensive-care bed vacancy rate; and having at least 30 working contact tracers per 100,000 residents among other improvements,” according to TimeOut.

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On June 8 as part of the reopening, 200,000 people will return to work in New York City. Phase 1 reopening means that the following businesses can open up, with safety procedures in place:

  • construction jobs
  • wholesale
  • manufacturing
  • agriculture
  • retail companies

A date for Phase 2 hasn’t been announced, and it depends on the success of Phase 1, but Phase 2 includes businesses like:

  • malls
  • offices
  • restaurants, dine-in specifically
  • gyms
  • movie theaters
  • amusement parks
  • salons
  • large venues

For June 8, Governor Cuomo said during his daily briefing, “Remember, reopening does not mean we’re going back to the way things were. It is reopening to a new normal. It’s a safer normal. People will be wearing masks. People will be socially distant.”

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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