Cuomo Says It’s Attainable NYC Faculties May Reopen Even If Positivity Charge Stays Above 3% – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There are more restrictions in parts of the Big Apple as COVID-19 cases show no signs of slowing down.
This is when illegal parties were brought to their knees again over the weekend, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported on Sunday.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning people on Staten Island and parts of Upper Manhattan and Long Island – rising coronavirus infections could exacerbate these areas.
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Parts of Upper Manhattan and Long Island are approaching the yellow zone area, but the governor said Sunday parts of Staten Island are going into orange and red zones.
“Staten Island is a serious problem. Staten Island is also a problem in terms of hospital congestion, “Cuomo said.
The Red Zone restrictions limit the places of worship to 25 people. And in addition:
- Mass gatherings would be prohibited.
- Only essential deals remain open.
- Only takeaway allowed.
- Schools would be remote unless the school tests students and staff to make sure they are COVID-free.
Restaurant managers and owners like Patricia Gaja said they weren’t sure their small businesses could survive another shutdown. Indoor and outdoor dining is a lifeline, but the red zone restrictions would only limit it for takeout and delivery.
“These are not good news. I tell you We’ve already suffered a loss of at least 70% since last year, ”said Gaja, owner of Phunky Elephant Gastro Pub.
“We’ll probably have to switch off. Of course we will try to get by with everything we can, ”added Chrissy Viola from The Richmond.
“There aren’t many restaurants that will survive this,” said Vinium manager Roberto Hernandez.
New York City public schools are currently closed as the 7-day average infection rate is 3.09%. However, according to Cuomo, the state will take control of the city schools if the 7-day average stays above 3% for 10 days. The governor said if that happens he will allow schools to reopen if they agree to COVID-19 testing requirements.
“The school is safer than the local community. Think about it. They have an infection rate of 3% in the community. The school is under half a percent. Why should the child stay at home, which means they will not stay at home? It means they will go outside. You will be walking around in a 3% community, ”Cuomo said.
The President of the United Federation of Teachers, Michael Mulgrew, has expressed his approval of the governor.
“I think there should be a geographic approach, not a city-wide approach,” Mulgrew said.
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Last week, the governor ordered bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m. to curb rising infection rates. Late on Saturday night, the city’s sheriffs department blew up two illegal parties, including one at a sex club in Astoria, Queens. More than 80 people gathered exposed and without social distancing.
Another party was disbanded in the Garment District, where 75 people were caught partying without social distancing. A total of seven people were summoned.
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The governor also commented on reports that a Hasidic wedding was taking place at a synagogue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn earlier this month. Up to 7,000 people should be present.
Cuomo called the gathering an obvious disregard for the law. New York officials are currently investigating.
CBS2 reached out to city officials but did not receive an immediate response.