The New York authorities have decided to extend the current restrictions to curb the coronavirus in several areas, including the Big Apple and its surroundings, until May 28, while parts of the state begin their “reopening” on Friday.
In an executive order signed late Thursday, the state governor, Andrew Cuomo, extended the duration of the rules dubbed “New York on Hiatus”, which include the prohibition of public gatherings and the closure of non-essential businesses, among others. stuff.
The regulations in force until now expired this Friday, which is when five regions, most of them rural areas in the north of the state with signs of a lesser impact of the disease, begin “phase 1” of a progressive reactivation of activity.
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In this first stage, construction, manufacturing and some retailers will be operating again, but with limitations.
The order approved by Cuomo specifies that if other regions meet the parameters set for the “reopening” before May 28, the rule will be modified so that they can also join the “phase 1”.
The criteria include a reduction for at least 14 days in hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, that hospitals have at least 30% free capacity and certain numbers of tests and personnel for the tracking of contagions available, among others.
The city of New York and its surroundings, the most affected areas, do not comply with these provisions for now and as the mayor of the Big Apple, Bill de Blasio, has advanced in recent days, it is very unlikely that the restrictions will begin to be lifted before June.
The executive order signed by Cuomo also extends other emergency measures until June 13, considering that the situation that led to the declaration of a state of emergency continues and will continue for the near future.
New York state is the great epicenter of the pandemic in the United States and accumulates more than 27,600 deaths from the disease, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.