NEW YORK POST – 05/29/2020: Finally, some good news regarding coronavirus. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the exact day when New York would start to open. The big day is set for June 10.
Cuomo addressed reporters from La Penta School of Business in New Rochelle via video call. This is what he had to say to citizens of the Big Apple and the rest of New York state: “We are on track to open June 8. Nobody reopened New York City in history. Nobody closed New York City in history. That will be my claim to fame.”
Before Cuomo, New York mayor Bill de Blasio also talked to the public. He was not clear on the precise date for reopening, stating that it will happen somewhere during the first two weeks of June.
Andrew Cuomo made things clear, and in little more than ten days, New York will try to be an old self. But, the governor warned that things would be different: “It is reopening to a new normal. It’s a safer normal. Reopening doesn’t mean going back to the past. People will be wearing masks. It’s just a new way of interacting, which we have to do.”
During phase one of the reopening, it is expected that 400,000 people will return to their jobs. These are folks employed in curbside retail industries, construction, wholesale, and manufacturing. While many businesses were forced to close, some managed to adapt. Caddell Prep, a tutoring and test prep company based in Staten Island, NY, quickly adapted to offer online tutoring and classes to its clients during the lockdown and managed to expand into other states. However, like other businesses, the owner, Glyn Caddell, welcomes the reopening of businesses.
Finishing his briefing, Cuomo talked about transportation: “It’s up to you. I don’t know if you can do strict social distancing on buses or subways…you have to wear a mask.”