The Big Apple is preparing to enter phase one of reopening after nearly three months of lockdown. On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo rolled out plans for New York City’s reopening and confirmed it has met nearly all metrics necessary to enter phase one on June 8th.
Businesses in Long Island, New York have started to reopen.
Despite all 50 states and the District of Columbia bringing people back to work, the unemployment rate is still expected to rise from its current level of 14%.
According to coronavirus task force member Dr. Deborah Birx, the nation is trying to learn how to maintain openness and safety amid ongoing reopening efforts. During a recent interview, she stressed Americans must continue to follow social distancing guidelines and avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, even if they are outside.
The state of New York has reversed its ban on non-essential gatherings. On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order, which will allow groups of up to 10 people to congregate.
Despite social distancing efforts, some areas are still facing an increase in coronavirus cases and have been labeled as potential “hot spots.” During Friday’s White House coronavirus task force briefing, Dr. Deborah Birx outlined the top three areas officials are concerned about.
On Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke out in favor of reopening the nation’s economy. The leading medical expert of the White House coronavirus task force has said prolonged stay-at-home orders could cause irreparable harm.
President Trump has stated governors need to let faith leaders reopen places of worship this weekend. He made the remarks at the White House on Friday, when he deemed churches, synagogues and mosques as “essential places that provide essential services.”
As states continue taking steps towards reopening, local governments are looking at ways to avoid a potential second surge in new coronavirus cases.