COVID Live Updates: Lowest hospitalizations in New York since March, distance learning option in NJ

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NEW YORK (WABC) – New York had its lowest number of hospitalizations and intensive care patients since March 16, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday, with the state reporting nine more deaths. Mayor Bill of Blasio announced Play Streets for the city’s kids to be able to have safe fun this summer and also said that while secondary parking is suspended next week, it will then resume throughout August.Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Murphy and the state Department of Education on Friday released advice for parents choosing the all-distance option for their children for the upcoming school year.Here are some other headlines from today:

NJ DISTANCE LEARNING OPTION
Parents in New Jersey will have the option to choose distance learning for their children for the next school year. The New Jersey Department of Education has released its advice for parents choosing this option. Gov. Phil Murphy has said allowing parents to choose distance learning for their children will help reduce student density in our schools. He said this will also allow the classroom spaces to stretch further to ensure good social distancing for other students and staff. Students must respect the same rules of attendance and duration of the day.

NY STATE LIQUID AUTHORITY PROBLEMS
New York State Police and the State Liquor Authority issued 37 summons to bars and restaurants statewide. Governor Cuomo called on local governments and law enforcement agencies to do their jobs and help enforce regulations.

BLUE JAYS TO PLAY HOME GAMES IN BUFFALO
The displaced Toronto Blue Jays will play in Buffalo, New York, this year amid the pandemic. The Blue Jays said in a statement Friday that the bulk of their home program will be played at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, home of the club’s Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons. General manager Ross Atkins previously said if the team couldn’t find a major league park, Buffalo would be their most likely site for home games.

BACK TO NORMALCIA WITH ASP IN NYC
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that while secondary parking will be suspended next week, it will return the following week. From August 3 to September 5, people will have to comply with secondary parking regulations and move their car on the last day indicated on the signage.

PLAY STREETS OPEN FOR CHILDREN IN NYC
This summer, the city will offer “open play streets” to children from the five districts. They will include basketball, fisbee, softball, wiffle ball, kickball, giant board games, reading nooks, dance lessons, crafts making kaleidoscopes, birdhouses and masks. The mayor said all activities will be carried out with masks and social distancing will be in place.

NYC POOLS, ZOOS REOPEN WITH NEW SAFETY MEASURES
New York City reopened eight public swimming pools and four zoos on Friday as the city continues to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last month that three swimming pools would reopen on July 24 with the aim of reopening 15 swimming pools by August, but he announced on Thursday that eight swimming pools would resume operations.

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