New York shows no signs of two-month easing coronavirus confinement. For the vast majority of all New York State residents, a home care order that expired on Friday will remain in effect until June 13, unless individual regions can meet specific criteria.
The foreclosure has left America’s cultural and commercial capital wondering what its future holds. As many European cities begin the process of reviving their economies, the Big Apple – the epicenter of the coronavirus in America – remains closed because authorities fear to trigger a new wave of COVID-19 infections.
“I’m bored to tears,” 80-year-old Rhoda Glass, an AFP news agency, who bounced back and forth between the various charities she volunteered for at this time of year. “I just hope we get back to a semblance of normal soon. “
Nowhere near normal
The wish seems unlikely, with Mayor Bill de Blasio saying NYC will have to wait until June before a decision can be made on when to reopen non-core businesses, such as its world-class museums.
Sipping cocktails in a rooftop bar, attending a concert in Madison Square Garden or being absorbed by the crowds of Times Square: activities symbolic of New York’s status as a vibrant and exciting metropolis seem unimaginable for the foreseeable future.
The beloved Broadway theaters have declared that they will not reopen until at least the beginning of September.
Leaders have warned New Yorkers that they may have to endure the city’s notoriously stuffy summer months without access to its hugely popular beaches.
Authorities have already said the pools will remain closed and insist it is still too early to say whether schools will be allowed to open in September for the new academic year.
“We have to be smart,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said time and time again about the reopening, noting that countries that were easing restrictions too quickly had to close again after business grew.
COVID-19 has reportedly killed more than 20,000 New York residents since it registered its first case in early March, accounting for nearly a quarter of all coronavirus deaths in America.
5 regions are entering phase one
More than 700 New York residents were dying every day at the height of the crisis last month. This week the numbers hovered around 160.
A handful of less affected regions will start reopening on Friday, but they represent a small fraction of New York State’s 20 million people.
The governor said on Thursday that five regions in northern and central New York would begin phase 1 reopening on Friday, according to CBS News York. The others can only start after reaching a series of benchmarks.
Earlier this week, Cuomo said New York City has yet to meet three benchmarks before it is ready to reopen. These benchmarks include a decrease in the number of new hospitalizations and an increase in the total number of hospital and critical care beds available.
New York City is far from meeting the reopening guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include a 14-day drop in deaths and new cases.
Cuomo is committed to the criteria, even if other states reopen without meeting them.
As protests against containment measures have increased across the United States, New Yorkers have largely followed orders, although the sunnier weather has seen residents flocking to the parks in recent weeks.
“Sucks, but that’s what it is. “
Despite the fact that emergency field hospitals were down and sirens significantly less frequent, residents had to wear masks outside and cheer for essential workers at 7 p.m. are daily reminders that the crisis is far from over.
A recent peak children infected with a rare inflammatory syndrome similar to Kawasaki disease scientists say is related to COVID-19 has also rekindled fears about the virus.
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“Continuing the lockdown is the right decision. It really sucks, but it is, “Shelby, a 40-year-old shopkeeper, who refused to give her last name, told AFP.
The crisis has revealed inequalities in one of America’s most diverse cities, with African-American and Latin American communities dying in disproportionate numbers.
It has also left hundreds of thousands of people unemployed, and the city is facing a multi-billion dollar funding crisis that threatens an unprecedented financial crisis since the 1970s. This requires federal assistance.
New Yorkers fear that the Big Apple will never be the same again. Take comfort in the fact that she has recovered from other tragedies, including the September 11 attacks and Hurricane Sandy.
“We will bounce back. We are New Yorkers. That’s what we do, “said Glass.