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Cuomo Re-Thinking Indoor Dining in NY State, Western NY ready for Phase 4 Today

Cuomo calls for an Executive Order From President Trump making masks mandatory Nationwide. Illegal Fireworks, Part of upstate NY ready for Phase 4, Malls, Zoos and Museums re-opening along with the MTV Music Awards Show are all on Cuomo's immediate agenda


Governor Andrew Cuomo said yesterday that he is re-thinking indoor dining in options in NY State. The announcement was made in a briefing with other officials. Cuomo said “With the national COVID situation in mind, we are taking a second look at the issue of indoor dining at restaurants statewide and in New York City in particular. Indoor dining presents a risk and we are carefully studying the safest course (to go) forward. We will announce a final decision on Wednesday. As we see the surge in infections in other states we know that to be cautious is to be NY Smart.”

NY State yesterday tested 46,428 people. Only 391, or 0.84%, were positive. 7 people in New York passed away yesterday due to COVID-19.

Governor Cuomo also called on President Trump to issue an executive order requiring all Americans to wear masks in public and to wear a mask himself. Citing rising positive test resultys in other parts of the country.

Watch the full briefing here

Other points Cuomo Concentrated on in his email address include:

Western New York which will enter Phase 4 of reopening June 30. Global public health experts advising the state on reopening have cleared the region to move to the next phase. Read more about Phase 4 here.

Fireworks are dangerous and illegal. I am directing the New York State Police to establish a temporary Fireworks Enforcement Detail to stop illegal fireworks being brought to New York from Pennsylvania. This is in response to a spike of illegal firework use throughout the state, which has generated widespread complaints and media reports. The Detail will be in place until July 3.

As part of Phase 4, zoos and museums are beginning to reopen in Central and Upstate New York. Popular venues like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown are beginning to open their doors again and with social distancing and public health protocols in place, visitors are welcome again. See what else is opening here.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday, August 30. The event will take place without an in-person audience.

In order for malls to reopen, specific air conditioning requirements must be put in place. Air conditioning filters with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating capable of filtering COVID-19 particles or similar air exchange measures will be mandatory for large mall re-openings. A COVID-19 particle is approximately 0.125 microns in diameter. Filters with a high MERV, such as HEPA filters, have been shown to help reduce the presence of COVID-19 in air filtration systems.

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