Gov Cuomo Says He Is Considering Scaling Back New Yorks Reopening Plans, Mayor Shuts Down Indoor Dining

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By Jennifer Millman  Published 5 hours ago  Updated 5 mins ago

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city is re-examining its indoor dining guidelines and may not move forward with that component next Monday, when it is expected to enter Phase III.

New Yorks Reopening Plans

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicated Monday he is considering slowing the Phase III process for NYC, especially as it relates to indoor dining; the city is on track to transition to that next step in exactly one week

Monday kicks off a big reopening week locally: NY day camps and NJ malls reopen today, while NYC beaches, NJ indoor dining and boardwalk rides, among with other activities, are set to return later in the week

New Yorks Reopening Plans

The developments come as much of the nation is shattering daily COVID case records on a regular basis and the pandemic accelerates globally; worldwide, the death toll topped 500k and cases hit 10m in last few days.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicated Monday he may change the Phase III reopening process for New York City, marking a reversal of course for a governor who has consistently said all state regions are subject to the same reopening rules.

Phase III, which Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio say the five boroughs are on track to enter in one week, on July 6, reopens indoor dining and personal care services with limited capacity as well as more outdoor recreation facilities. 

Cuomo is particularly leery of the indoor dining element, citing evidence of heightened risk in other states. He said Monday he would talk with business owners and review the data, but said, “This is a real problem.”

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