But Mr. Cuomo said on Friday that the order might not be enough to fend off the virus, and reiterated that he was troubled by reports of New Yorkers, especially young people, letting their guard down
and eschewing social-distancing and mask-wearing measures.
The governor announced (new regulations) on Thursday meant to crack down on outdoor drinking and mingling outside bars and restaurants. The new rules ban establishments from selling alcohol to customers who do not also buy food.
“It is inevitable that there will be a second wave,” Mr. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, said in a conference call with reporters on Friday. “But the second wave is going to be the confluence of the lack of compliance and the local governments’ lack of enforcement, plus the viral spread coming back from the other states. It is going to happen. ”
He added,“ Just because it is not there today does not mean it’s not going to happen. ”
New York City is the last part of the state to enter the final phase of reopening – a feat Mr. Cuomo described as “a hallmark.” Phase 4 permits groups of up to People and indoor religious gatherings to operate at one-third of maximum capacity. Restrictions will also be eased to allow the resumption of outdoor film production and professional sports without audiences.
But concerned about the virus’s spreading more rapidly in dense and crowded New York City , Mr. Cuomo said that Phase 4 of reopening in the city would not restore any additional indoor activities – even though other regions of the state further along in reopening have done so, for example, by allowing indoor dining at up to half capacity.
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