New York City, the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, is likely to stay closed until June, Mayor Bill de Blasio has said, even as three regions of New York State are set to reopen on May 15.
New York has been recording a decline in daily hospitalisations, ICU admissions and fatalities but the mayor said such progress must continue further before officials consider reopening the city.
“On the reopening, we’re clearly not ready yet. So I think it’s fair to say that June is when we are potentially going to be able to make some real changes, if we can continue our progress,” Mayor Blasio said at his daily press briefing on Monday.
He said that by the end of May or the beginning of June is when one will be “able to start filling in the blanks”.
Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that three regions—Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions—have met the seven metrics required to begin phase 1 of the state’s regional phased reopening plan when ‘New York State on pause orders expire’ on May 15.
Cuomo said if the trend continues, starting on May 15 these three regions can begin opening businesses for phase one, which includes construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain, retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup, and agriculture, forestry and fishing