Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got the tea on NYC stay home orders.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order late Thursday night extending stay-at-home orders for regions, including New York City, that do not meet the state’s criteria to begin a limited reopening. According to The New York Times;
Under the new order, the five parts of the state that have not met key requirements which including declines in new positive virus cases and deaths, and increases in testing, hospital capacity and contact tracing will remain shutdown through May 28.
On Friday, Mr. Cuomo clarified at his daily briefing that the remaining regions, which include New York City’s suburbs and the Buffalo area, would be able to reopen once they met the state’s benchmarks.
Five regions of the state were cleared to reopen some nonessential businesses including construction, manufacturing and curbside retail on Friday, provided that appropriate social-distancing and cleaning measures were in place.
The areas are the Finger Lakes, including Rochester; Central New York, a five-county area including Syracuse; the Southern Tier, which borders Pennsylvania; the Mohawk Valley, west of Albany; and the rural North County, which includes the Adirondack Mountains.
Even as New York was by some measures the state hardest hit by the pandemic, the outbreak has largely been concentrated in the dense New York City region, and its effects were felt less in the regions that have been cleared to reopen.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday that New York City was not likely to ease restrictions on business and gatherings until the first half of the June, at the earliest.
“That’s when we get to the point where we can even think about relaxing restrictions,” he said. “Anything we do would be in close coordination with the state.”