COVID-19 Live Updates: Mayor Bill de Blasio Signs Executive Order to Strengthen Travel Rules Enforcement with Quarantine Forms

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NEW YORK (WABC) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday signed an executive order requiring hotels and short-term rental companies with travelers from COVID-restricted states to complete quarantine forms before allowing access to The mayor said he is urging New Yorkers to avoid travel to states with high infection rates.“I understand that for some people there is an emergency, a family crisis or something they have to do for business, and they have no choice,” said de Blasio. “But I just want to urge people that if you have a choice, if you are going to travel, go to a place that is not on the list of states in New York state with serious coronavirus issues. If you have the choice to travel, don’t go where the problem is. “He added that fines will be issued from this week for those who refuse to comply.

“It’s going to be a rule now here in New York, because we have to take seriously the fact that there is a real danger here,” said de Blasio. “We have to deal with it, we have the right tool to deal with it, which is quarantine, but now people have to take this seriously, so this decree would be another step to make everyone understand how bad it is. is serious.

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MTA boarding returns
MTA bus drivers can return to boarding through the front door and pay the fare on Monday, August 31. Officials say this is a crucial step in supporting the reopening of New York.

In March, the transport authority asked passengers to use only the back door to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Sarah Feinberg, president of the MTA, says the buses have lost $ 431 million in revenue since March.

2 other states added to tri-state travel advice
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have added two states to the list of areas from which travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days. Alaska, which was removed last week, and Delaware, which has been added and removed multiple times, are back on the tri-state travel advisory, which now has 33 states and two territories.

Brooklyn Diocese schools to reopen with 100% classroom instruction
The Diocese of Brooklyn has announced that the majority of its 66 Catholic academies and parish schools are planning to reopen with in-person classes.

Change of plan
Ithaca College in New York has announced that it will switch to e-learning after it released a hybrid reopening plan last week. Students were to begin returning to campus on August 28, with others returning in waves throughout September for an October 5 start with a combination of distance and in-person learning. President Shirley M. Collado said her decision was based on the realization that the on-campus experience would have been less than ideal and, “It is easy to predict the likelihood of a public health trajectory that would require closing the college due to circumstances beyond our control. Bringing students here, just to send them home, would cause unnecessary disruption to the continuity of their university experience. Ithaca Voice said the plan to reopen included tests for staff that began on August 14.

New York Gyms Update
Mayor de Blasio said on Tuesday he didn’t think New York’s gyms would start until September 2. He said the priority was going to be inspections. The mayor stressed that health and safety come first. “We will make the decision, because there is one thing the Governor’s Executive Order – of course we are waiting to see the final wording – but what was released in the press release certainly makes it clear the local discretion in all of this. We are going to move these inspections as quickly as possible, but I want to be very clear on the priority, especially given the proximity of September 2 to September 10, the priority is going to be the inspections we need to do for daycares and schools. We will try to find a balance, but there is no doubt in my mind the most important thing we could do with our health inspectors is to focus on day care centers and schools. ”

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‘Miracle’ COVID patient returns home after 111 days
A “miracle” COVID-19 patient who has repeatedly cheated on death returned home Monday after 111 days in Long Island hospitals to a standing ovation from doctors, nurses and staff. Valley Stream’s Tito Velasquez, 36, had no underlying health issues when he arrived at Long Island Valley Stream Jewish Hospital in critical condition on April 28. Doctors said his oxygen saturation, which is 99% in a normal patient, was just 11%. He was immediately placed on a ventilator and later tested positive for the new coronavirus.

NY Aquarium, indoor exhibits when zoos reopen
The New York Aquarium will reopen on August 27, and indoor exhibits at the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo are also opening.

UNC-Chapel Hill switches to distance learning
UNC-Chapel Hill’s undergraduate courses will go fully online after the publication of several COVID-19 clusters, officials said Monday. Due to the announcement and the reduction in campus activity, the university expects the majority of its current undergraduate residential students to change their residential plans for the fall.

Check out the list of plans to reopen colleges and universities in the tri-state.

The Victorian Gardens of the Wollman Ice Rink will remain closed
Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park has announced that it will remain closed until at least 2021 and may cease operations altogether and issued the following statement: “Following initial guidelines that amusement parks would be allowed to open in New York State during Phase 4 of the New York Forward Plan, Victorian Gardens was prepared to open safely and responsibly with newly implemented COVID-19 protocols. Unfortunately, with the normal Victorian Gardens operating season drawing to a close and New York State has not provided a reopening plan for theme parks, we are unable to open this season. This year has been an incredibly difficult year for communities across New York City with the health risks resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the socio-economic fallout from related government decrees. While Vicky and Victor and our entire team at Victorian Gardens miss seeing everyone smiling, laughing and having fun in our amusement park, our number one prio rity is the health and safety of our community, of our guests. and members of our team. ”

Museum of Modern Art announces reopening date
The Museum of Modern Art will reopen its doors to the public on August 27, 2020, with new hours for the first month, until September 27: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday to the public; and 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday for MoMA members only. Admission will be free for all visitors Tuesday through Sunday, through September 27, thanks to longtime MoMA partner UNIQLO. MoMA is dedicated to providing a safe environment for everyone with new security protocols that meet CDC, New York State, and New York City guidelines. The museum’s flagship store on 53rd Street and MoMA design stores in Midtown and Soho are also open.

Fall Sports in High School in New Jersey
Governor Phil Murphy announced that the NJSIAA will make the final decision on fall sports in high school, but whether the student-athlete participates in distance learning or in-person instruction, their ability to play will not change. not. For each school that gives the green light to its team, student athletes will be able to participate in both directions. Some districts have already announced their teams will not play, for schools that play: Murphy says they don’t want a student-athlete to be kicked out depending on whether or not they are physically in his school building. A decision should be made by the end of the week.

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