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


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.“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, then a real consequences for those who do not comply. “He added that fines will be issued from this week for those who refuse to comply.

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Are you looking for a staycation? NYC offers many options
This summer has been unlike any other, and for those who don’t want to travel, there are some intriguing stay options.

‘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.

Wollman Ice Rink Victorian Gardens 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 ready to open safely and responsibly with COVID protocols -19 newly implemented. Unfortunately, since Victorian Gardens’ normal operating season draws to a close and New York State has not provided a plan to reopen the theme parks, we are unable to open this season. This year has been incredibly difficult 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 theme park, our number one priority is the health and safety of our community, 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.

New York infection rate remains low
Governor Cuomo said New York’s COVID-19 infection rate remained below 1% for the 10th day in a row. The rate of positive tests, 0.71%, is the lowest in the state since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. The average infection rate has been 1 percent or less since June.

New York announces gym guidelines
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said gymnasiums can reopen statewide from Aug. 24 at 33% capacity with mandatory masks and HVAC ventilation systems in place, and that local government must perform inspections and have the final say on indoor training classes. In other states, gym chains have had to limit capacity and shut down some equipment. Also on Monday, the bowling alleys were allowed to reopen at 50% of their capacity, with all other lanes closed. Face covers are required.

Newark schools opt for remote start
Newark’s public schools will remain totally remote until the end of the first grading period in November, the teachers’ union leader said. The NBOE reopening task force will reassess at that time, he said.

Iona College welcomes students back to classrooms for in-person learning
Iona College welcomed students back to in-person classes on Monday after a week of distance learning. The private Catholic College of New Rochelle was one of the first to close its doors and send students home when the coronavirus pandemic began, and now – five months later – it is one of the first colleges to put students back in class, albeit in hybrid form.

South Korea warns of new outbreak linked to church
A conservative South Korean pastor who has criticized the country’s president has tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said on Monday, two days after participating in an anti-government protest in Seoul that drew thousands. More than 300 cases of the virus have been linked to the huge church of Reverend Jun Kwang-hun in north Seoul, which has become a major cluster of infections amid growing fears of a massive outbreak in the greater Seoul area. the capital.

Officials fear the spread of the virus could worsen after thousands of protesters, including Jun and members of his Sarang Jeil church, marched through downtown Seoul on Saturday despite calls from officials to stay at home.

Tulsa sees increase in number of teachers seeking to file wills
A growing number of teachers in Tulsa, Oklahoma are looking to file a will amid the coronavirus pandemic and fears of going back to class, according to a report from ABC affiliate KTUL.

Arizona school district cancels classes due to staff absences
An Arizona school district was forced to cancel Monday classes after more than 100 staff members called. The JO Combs Unified School District in Pinal County, Arizona was scheduled to resume in-person classes, but informed parents in a letter dated Friday that “we received a large number of staff absences on Monday for health reasons. and security ”.

Columbia University: all undergraduate courses will be virtual
All undergraduate courses at Columbia University in the fall will be virtual, school president Lee Bollinger said on Friday. Additionally, approximately 40% of all graduate courses will be hybrid or in-person. “Although six weeks ago we thought we could safely house 60% of Columbia College and Engineering’s undergraduates in our halls of residence, today we concluded that we need to drastically reduce the number of students. that we can accommodate in residence on campus, thus limiting the number of students in residence. – the lifestyle reserved for Columbia College and SEAS undergraduates who must be on campus due to personal or academic circumstances. The accommodation arrangements for undergraduate students of the School of General Studies will remain unchanged. We will continue to assess undergraduate student housing options for the spring semester, ”Bollinger told me. As colleges and universities prepare to resume classes, many schools are taking different paths, whether it’s a fully virtual, hybrid, or full reopening approach.

Fake Face Mask ID Cards
The Department of Justice says an increasing number of people in California are making great efforts to avoid covering their faces in public places. They say fake IDs that claim the person has a medical reason for not wearing a mask are found a lot.

There are legitimate exemptions such as having a disability for which a mask could cause problems, but the Justice Department says more companies are being shown fraudulent ID cards as an excuse. The Justice Department even issued a warning to be on alert for “fraudulent face mask identifiers”, noting that their use was on the increase.


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