What a weekend: Cuomo lifts ban on groups; NYC beaches open

What a weekend: Cuomo lifts ban on groups; NYC beaches open

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has provided New Yorkers an unexpected reprieve from cabin fever by lifting the state’s ban on events in time for the Memorial Day weekend

Might 23, 2020, 12: 11 PM

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New York City–
New Yorkers experiencing cabin fever after two months of coronavirus quarantine were offered an unanticipated reprieve when Gov. Andrew Cuomo reduced the state’s ban on events in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

The governor signed an order late Friday permitting people to put together in groups of as lots of as 10 as long as they stay at least 6 feet from other people and wear masks when they can’t preserve that distance.

That could clear the method for New Yorkers to picnic together in parks and backyards– if they don’t get too close to their good friends.

They can also head to New york city City beaches this weekend, however they should not anticipate to get in the water, and they ‘d much better be wearing a mask.

While beaches somewhere else in the region will be open for swimming this weekend, Mayor Expense de Blasio has actually said swimming is not permitted at the city’s beaches and may not be all summer season.

” I have actually been truly clear about the beaches; they are closed for swimming,” de Blasio stated Friday at his everyday coronavirus rundown. “There will not be lifeguards. People are not expected to go to the beach to swim.”

The danger of swimming without lifeguards on task was made clear Friday when a 24- year-old male drowned off Rockaway Beach in Queens.

The main factor the mayor has actually mentioned for the swimming ban was to curb the spread of the virus by keeping people off public transport.

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of beach season in New York City, with– in normal years– lifeguards starting duty and swimming allowed.

While beaches on Long Island or in New Jersey are usually reached by driving, city homeowners typically take the train to summer locations like Coney Island or Rockaway Beach.

Under standards intended to keep crowds from gathering to the beaches, people who live nearby can go there to walk or to sit, de Blasio stated. Hundreds of law enforcement officer and civilian city workers will be on hand to disperse gatherings that violate social distancing guidelines and to give out masks to individuals who aren’t wearing them, he stated.

” I’m very enthusiastic that this weekend at our beaches, you’re going to see individuals following the rules due to the fact that they understand it’s the best thing to do,” de Blasio said. “But if they need some pointers, obviously there’ll be individuals out there educating, offering face coverings.”

While many of New York state has started to reduce limitations, de Blasio and Cuomo, both Democrats, have actually stated that New York City, the center of the infection break out in the United States, is still weeks far from starting to reopen.

ABC News