As cases soar in other parts of the country, Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered that only malls with HVAC systems that meet a certain minimum standard be allowed to reopen. They will also have to increase the outside air entering the installations, reduce air circulation and regularly check and replace the filters.
Cuomo had been forced to reopen shopping malls after neighboring states advanced a few days or weeks ago to reopen indoor shopping, but he wanted to make sure the state’s numbers remain small.
While the number of hospitalizations in New York has declined overall since the peak in mid-April, 826 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized on Thursday. The number of cases confirmed by the state has now exceeded 400,000, with a total of 400,299 infections confirmed on Friday morning, said the Cuomo office.
Testing in the three states that used to take only a few days has now been delayed a week or more due to the increase in other parts of the country. NBC New York report Pei-Sze Cheng.
The Palisades Center in Rockland County, the Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown, Orange County and Poughkeepsie Galleria in Dutchess County are among the shopping centers that will reopen on Friday.
Rockland County Director Ed Day says reopening means a lot to so many. “There are 5,000 employees in the mall. I have spoken to a number of these people. A lady, it breaks your heart, has two children at home and she tries to make ends meet. She says business is down 95%, “said Day.
On Long Island, Roosevelt Field in Garden City opens Friday and Broadway Commons in Hicksville will open Saturday.All regions of the state are already in phase IV, except New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that all events requiring a permit will be canceled until September 30.
“Although it hurts me to cancel some of the city’s beloved events, our goal must now be to prioritize the city space for public use and the pursuit of social estrangement”, a Blasio said in a statement.
However, the mayor said the city’s ban would exempt “demonstrations, religious events and press conferences”, and spoke of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and marches that have been taking place in the city since late May.