The playgrounds were also reopened on Monday in the most populous US city. The pandemic has killed nearly 120,000 Americans and is flaring up in a dozen states that reported record increases in cases last week.
Customers wear face liners lined up outside the Clementine Bakery in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant on Mondays, and a few enjoyed the hot summer morning sipping iced coffee at scattered tables on the sidewalk.
“It feels like my life is slowly getting back to normal. It feels really nice that I can sit down and have a coffee, ”said Arden Katine, 34, a teacher who lives in the neighborhood.
Neighbors New Jersey allowed sports such as golf and tennis to resume training and competitions on Monday, and allowed sports considered high-risk, such as baseball and football, to start without contact, practices and exercises.
New Jersey has also given the green light for nail salons, hairdressers and other personal care businesses to reopen on Mondays, but with restrictions.
Young competitive swimmers, locked out of any pool since the start of the pandemic, I returned to the water on Monday morning at the Dolphins Swimming and Athletic Club in Vineland, New Jersey, which reopened its doors for practice from 6.30 a.m.
The lanes are limited to five swimmers, each of which has spots marked in the pool to help maintain distance. The umbrellas were put 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart, the station hand sanitizers were installed, and diving boards and slides were closed.
“There’s a gang all over the field,” said Jennifer Masucci, a member of the club’s board of directors. “It’s different but everyone is the setting because they want to be outside.”
While new cases from New York and New Jersey are at an all-time low with 1 to 2% of positive return tests, a dozen states in the southern and southwestern United States have recorded increases in number of new cases of coronavirus. In some cases, more than 10% of people tested positive. The same states often recorded hospitalizations, a metric not affected by more trials.
The number of new cases has increased by a record number in the past week in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas, as well as the home of about a third of the population of the United States. Alabama, Georgia, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah and Wyoming also experienced record spikes in business.
Looking for a second White House to run in a Nov. 3 election, President Donald Trump travels to Arizona on Tuesday for a Phoenix youth gathering. Trump held his first political rally in the month on Saturday at an empty part of the arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Health experts have warned people to avoid large gatherings and to wear masks, but a few took this advice to Tulsa.
Trump has defended his response to COVID-19, say further checks have led to case identification in addition to, apparently, much to his dismay.
“When you test this measure, you will find … more cases,” he says. “So I told my people, Slow, test down, please.” A White House official said it was “obviously a joke” with this remark.
(Reporting by Maria Caspani in New York and Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut; Additional reports by Pierre Szekely in New York and Lisa Lambert, in Washington, Written by Lisa Shumaker; Edition by Howard Goller)