New York state beaches will be open for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.
In a multi-state plan with New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware, Cuomo said shuttered shorelines would reopen at 50 percent capacity with restrictions such as closed picnic areas and no volleyball or football allowed.
“What one state does will affect other states,” he said during his daily Albany press briefing. “We want what’s best for New Yorkers. It’s not in New York’s best interest to have New Yorkers to go to a New Jersey beach.”
Still that’s as Cuomo also extended the state’s stay-at-home order to June 13, and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said he’ll “pull the brakes” on beach openings if coronavirus cases go back up.
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Here’s what else we learned today:
The New York Crisis:
- City Council Speaker Corey Johnson ripped City Hall for its infighting and dysfunctional approach to the crisis, saying, “New Yorkers deserve better.”
- New York’s top testing lab is so overwhelmed by mandated nursing home testing that it wants counties to stop sending them shipments.
- An upstate barber who illicitly cut hair — despite stay-at-home restrictions — has tested positive for the illness.
The pandemic nationally:
- Fewer people are abiding by social distancing rules as businesses reopen across the country, with just 17 percent of Americans saying they are “completely” avoiding being out in public.
- A vaccine may be ready by the end of the year as part of an “Operation Warp Speed” effort to rapidly develop the life-saving drug, President Trump said.
- Obese people are are more likely to suffer severe COVID-19 symptoms than patients who are a healthy weight, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In other news…
- Republicans rejected a massive coronavirus stimulus package from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying the $3 trillion bill is little more than a “liberal” wish list.
- Major League Baseball has some important questions to answer, such as “Will there be a trade deadline?” and “Will there be drug testing?”
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