New York City Indoor Dining Postponed

Governor Cuomo today announced that the inclusion of indoor dining as part of New York City’s anticipated Phase 3 reopening on July 6th  will be postponed given that states across the country that previously reopened indoor dining are experiencing increases in COVID-19 cases.  The duration of the postponement will depend upon several factors, including local government enforcement of social distancing, as well as business and citizen compliance with social distancing.  The Governor also will look for the spread of COVID-19 around the country to stabilize before permitting indoor dining in the City.

New York City Announcements

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced NYC beaches are open today, and 15 outdoor public pools will open beginning on July 24th.  Mayor de Blasio also announced the Summer Youth Employment Program Summer Bridge 2020, a $51 million public-private partnership that will provide constructive engagement and enrichment activities to keep 35,000 New York City youth active and productive this summer.

Reopening Updates

The Capital Region today began Phase 4 of the New York Forward reopening process.

The Governor also announced that the State will create an enforcement department to supplement the local enforcement of COVID-19 guidance and restrictions.

Diagnostic Testing Criteria Expanded

The Governor today announced that New York State will expand its diagnostic testing criteria to all New Yorkers statewide, since the State now has the capacity to increase testing.

New York State COVID-19 Numbers

New York State is still maintaining the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths since the pandemic began.  With that in mind, there still were 11 deaths yesterday.