Cuomo reconsiders New York’s reopening plan after weekend of big sidewalk social gatherings he calls ‘troublesome’

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warned Monday that he could curb the reopening of New York City amid “worrying signs” that some are breaking social distancing rules to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“Our numbers are good, very good right now, but there are troubling signs,” Cuomo said in an interview with local cable channel NY1. “We are seeing large social gatherings on the sidewalks, etc., which is not helpful.”

The Big Apple was supposed to bring back indoor food and reopen personal care businesses on July 6.

“I want to keep moving forward, but we can move forward with caution,” he said.

Echoing Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would “reexamine the rules for indoor dining” for the next phase of the city’s reopening after states that allowed that restaurants reopened previously saw big spikes in the number of new cases.

Meanwhile, the Broadway League announced that all Broadway performances will be suspended for the rest of 2020 due to the pandemic.

“The Broadway experience can be deeply personal, but it is also crucially communal,” said Broadway League board chairman Thomas Schumacher. “The alchemy of 1000 strangers coming together in a single audience feeding each artist onstage and behind the scenes will be possible again when Broadway theaters can host full venues.”

Cuomo’s warning came after California, which was the first state to issue a stay-at-home order in March, became the last state to start closing the bars to slow the spread of the virus.

Governor Gavin Newsom’s order issued Sunday covers seven counties, including Los Angeles County, and was issued after governors of Florida and Texas ordered the closure of bars in their states on Friday after recording record numbers of new cases. from Covid-19. The state reported 4,066 new cases on Monday.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Governor Greg Abbott, both staunch allies of President Donald Trump, were reluctant to issue orders to stay home when the pandemic first began to spread and were among the most aggressive in reopening their states. .

Florida reported 5,266 new cases on Monday and the new account for Texas was 3,918.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said on MSNBC Monday that he had asked Abbott to reinstate an “order to stay home, stay safe” and enforce the use of masks in public places.

“We are on a trajectory for most (of the cases) and it is because of the governor’s messages,” Jenkins said. “So you must lead on this. You must mask across the state. You cannot leave it up to local leaders.”

Meanwhile, the death toll from the coronavirus continued to rise on Monday after a grim weekend during which half a million deaths were reported worldwide and the number of confirmed cases exceeded 10 million.

More than a quarter of those deaths occurred in the U.S., according to an NBC News count.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that the actual number of cases in some affected areas may be 10 times greater than reported.

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence postponed planned campaign appearances in Arizona and Florida scheduled for this week “as a precaution” due to spikes in the virus.

And unlike Trump, Pence has started wearing a face mask in public and has encouraged others to do the same.

“We encourage everyone to wear a mask in the affected areas,” Pence said Sunday. “Where social distancing cannot be maintained, wearing a mask is a good idea, especially young people.”

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