New York Governor Cuomo Permits Resumption of Religious Gatherings, With Strict Restrictions

Grant Boone
May 23, 2020

Cuomo's standards, which apply to the entire state, are based around measures including whether a region has had an overall decline in the number of hospitalizations and the availability of hospital beds. The other nine neighborhoods all had a positive rate of over 33 percent.

During the opening segment of Thursday's Squawk on the Street, Cramer sounded off on the continued New York lockdown - calling out Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the process.

The Wall Street Journal's James Freeman sums up the Minnesota approach, writing, "The essence of the plan is to forcefully reduce the income of people at low risk, while simultaneously increasing the chances of virus exposure for those at high risk".

Ranking by zip codes, the top ten highest-infected neighborhoods are located in the boroughs of The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, home to most of the city's minority groups. "New York is proving to be the epicenter of nothingness". "They're on buses. They're in classrooms", Cuomo said at his daily briefing.

However, it's unlikely the city and state will consider reopening Staten Island or other boroughs ahead of other parts of New York City.

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Some countries have made wearing face masks mandatory in public, including Spain, which enacted such a rule this week. She did not suggest she regrets recommending against using face masks earlier.

De Blasio had previously said that all three metrics would have to move downward in unison for 10 to 14 days for the city to reopen.

It came one day after the governor announced that Memorial Day ceremonies with the same scale will be permitted next week in the state.

"A whole lot of medical services are going by the wayside that are also going to kill people, so I understand that the governor does not want to make any more mistakes than he's already made but we need to get back to business because the city is dying".

The survey, which was conducted in coordination with Northwell Health and community churches, highlighted the devastating toll that COVID-19 has taken on black and Latino residents in the city's poorer neighborhoods, Cuomo said.

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