Cuomo: Outdoor Dining Permitted Under Phase 2 Of Reopening As Virus Deaths, Hospitalizations Hit New Low

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June 03, 2020 - 2:35 pm

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    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that New York state reached its lowest number of coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths, and he said outdoor dining would now be allowed under Phase 2 of reopening as the state continued to see progress in the fight against the virus.

    Outdoor dining wasn’t originally permitted under Phase 1 or 2, but Cuomo said it would be allowed in seven regions that have already entered Phase 2 and for other regions once they reach the benchmark.

    The restaurants can begin offering outdoor dining starting Thursday, June 4, the governor said.

    The regions where outdoor dining will be allowed Thursday include: the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York.

    Cuomo said outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.

    “Thanks to the people of New York and the nurses, doctors and essential workers, today we have the lowest number of hospitalizations ever and we have the lowest death toll ever,” Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “We are continuously evaluating activities that can be safely reopened, and today we are adding outdoor seating at restaurants to Phase 2.”

    Earlier in the day at his briefing, Cuomo said there were 49 more deaths since Tuesday—the lowest number yet during the pandemic. Of the deaths, 37 were in hospitals and 12 were in nursing homes.

    There have now been at least 24,072 deaths and 373,040 cases in the state.

    The governor said hospitalizations were also at their lowest level yet—under 150.

    “We have the lowest number of hospitalizations ever and we have the lowest death toll ever,” the governor said.

    Cuomo warned that New York and the country are in “perilous times” and that “there’s a lot going on” with unrest over the death of George Floyd happening during the pandemic.

    “You have the COVID crisis, you have the murder of Mr. Floyd,” Cuomo said. “It’s then wrapped in an environment and a dynamic that is racially charged and politically charged. It makes it a very, very perilous time in this country.”

    “If you’re going to protest, protest intelligently,” Cuomo urged. "Remember the COVID virus is still out there."

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