Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25 sparked international protests that drew tens of thousands of protesters to cities around the world. Cuomo said the protests drew about 20,000 people to New York City and more across the state.
“You have 30,000 people demonstrating across the state. … Many of them wear masks, thank God, but there is no social distancing. You watch the meetings with the police. The police are face to face. They are right. facing the police, “Cuomo said at a press conference. “If you were at a demonstration, go take a test, please. The protesters have a civic duty here too. Be responsible, take a test. “
He added that people should wear masks and inform others that they have been exposed to the coronavirus. “If you were at one of these protests, I assume, as a precaution, that you are infected and that you say so,” he said.
Cuomo has already warned New Yorkers that mass protests could threaten the state’s reopening plan and progress in combating the spread of the coronavirus.
The governor noted the possibility of delayed infection where it can take four to five days on average for symptoms to appear. In severe cases, infected patients can be hospitalized in 8 to 12 days, said Cuomo.
The total number of hospitalizations in New York continues to decrease, with 52 deaths Wednesday, a slight increase from Tuesday, said Cuomo.
As the course of the Covid-19 pandemic appears to have slowed, Cuomo stressed the importance of staying vigilant as the state continues to reopen in phases.
“We are making great progress, but as fast as these numbers go down, they go up as fast,” he said.
“New York City had the largest number of protesters. We have to be smart. The protesters themselves could end up causing the spike, so we have to be smart, “he said.
As stormy protests continue to rock Manhattan and surrounding boroughs, New York City has extended its curfew until the end of the week. Curfews take effect at 8:00 p.m. and will be lifted at 5:00 a.m. The city is still on track to begin the “phase one” reopening on June 8.
The governor also added outdoor dining to the “phase two” reopening guidelines. It must be an outdoor dining area with tables spaced six feet apart. All staff are required to wear masks, and customers are also required to wear masks when not seated.
On Thursday, there were seven regions in “phase two” – the capital region, central New York, Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier and western New York. Cuomo said Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley will enter phase two on Tuesday and Long Island on Wednesday.
The “phase two” of the reopening allows office workers, real estate, retail stores and some hair salon services to resume.