New York City is enjoying the benefits of Phase Two reopening, as Covid-19 cases continue to plummet. Workers returned to offices, restaurants opened for outdoor dining, salons and other non-essential businesses opened. Phase Three reopening, which includes personal care businesses and indoor dining at 50 percent capacity, is set to begin on July 6.
During his daily media briefing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said indoor dining for New York City is under review since other states have been seeing increases in numbers following indoor dining reinstatement and low social distancing compliance.
As Phase two continues, New York City businesses are starting to resemble a sense of normalcy. Phase Two includes the reopening of non-essential businesses including retail, barbershops, offices, real estate, vehicle sales and rentals. Outdoor dining is also permitted. These entities are permitted to reopen with social distancing and limited capacity guidelines in place.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discussed the resiliency of New Yorkers and decreasing cases of the Coronavirus. “We’re going through a rough patch, the world’s going through a rough patch, the country’s going through a rough patch. It’s very tough, but this city has extraordinary resiliency,” de Blasio said.
De Blasio described the atmosphere as he dined for the first time in over three months with his wife, Chirlane McCray at a local restaurant in Harlem. “If you looked at the scene going by, people reconnecting, the folks wanting to come back to the amenity of a neighborhood restaurant, folks greeting each other, the warmth of the situation did not feel like a defeated city by any stretch.”
On the first day of Phase Two reopening, 45 people were admitted to hospitals on suspected Covid-19 cases out of a threshold of 200. Coronavirus patients in intensive care units total 320 out of a threshold of 375. Overall, the percent of positive cases of the virus in New York City is at an all time low of 2 percent, with the threshold at 15 percent.