Small Religious Gatherings Allowed in New York With Face Masks

Jones Beach in Wantagh New York. As pandemic lockdowns ease across the United States millions of Americans are set to take tentative steps outdoors to celebrate Memo

Cuomo says summer school in NY will be conducted remotely, citing the risks of returning children to the classroom.

The highest rate was recorded in Morrisania, The Bronx, where 43 percent of residents tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. The result: Well over 5,000 deaths in nursing homes to date, or roughly 5% of New York's nursing-home population.

The Wall Street Journal's James Freeman sums up the Minnesota approach, writing, "The essence of the plan is to forcefully reduce the income of people at low risk, while simultaneously increasing the chances of virus exposure for those at high risk".

"It looks damn clear right now it's the first or second week in June to go into Phase 1", de Blasio said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday said instruction in the city's public schools will be online this summer.

To combat the disparities, Cuomo said the state will partner with the state's largest health care provider Northwell Health to double church-based testing sites to 44 locations in those hardest-hit neighborhoods.

In addition to the city's reopening indicators, before New York City and regions across the state can reopen in phases, they must first meet seven state-mandated reopening metrics.

However, it's unlikely the city and state will consider reopening Staten Island or other boroughs ahead of other parts of New York City. Hospitals still see an average of 225 new patients a day.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced houses of worships across the state can host small religious gatherings with social distancing guidelines.

"The last thing we want to do is have a religious ceremony that winds up having more people infected", Cuomo said. "But we need to find out how to do it and do it safely and do it smartly".

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday said it appears to be the "tip of the iceberg" and the more cases the health department looks into, the more cases they are finding.

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