The Wrap Up – July 6, 2020

Reopening Updates

New York City today began Phase 3 of the New York Forward reopening process, without indoor dining.  The Mid-Hudson region (which includes Westchester and Rockland counties) will enter Phase 4 of reopening tomorrow, July 7th, and Long Island is on track to enter Phase 4 on Wednesday, July 8th.

Casinos and movie theaters currently remain closed throughout New York State as State government continues to determine how they can reopen safely.

Update on Reopening of Schools

Governor Cuomo today said that the NYS Department of Health, in consultation with the Reimagine Education Advisory Council and others, is finalizing guidance on the potential reopening of schools in September.  Meanwhile, State officials have not yet decided whether schools will be permitted to reopen in September.

New York State Fair Cancelled

The Governor today announced that the New York State Fair will be cancelled this summer due to the ongoing uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Industry Recommendations on Air Conditioning Systems

New York State will make industry recommendations on the use of air filtration technology to potentially eliminate the spread of COVID-19 through air conditioning systems.  The Governor announced this in response to growing evidence that COVID-19 spread is linked more to airborne transmission than to surface area transmission.

New York State COVID-19 Numbers

New York State still is maintaining the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths since the pandemic began.  With that in mind, there still were 9 COVID-19 deaths yesterday.