Lower-income, minority groups in NYC hit hardest by COVID-19

Henrietta Brewer
May 22, 2020

As states across the country begin to slowly reopen their economies, business owners in NY, which had the most severe coronavirus outbreak, are getting restless as local lockdown orders remain in place.

De Blasio reminded New Yorkers Friday that beaches remain closed but walks on the shoreline and socially distanced hangouts are still permitted.

"I understand their desire to get to religious ceremonies as soon as possible", said Cuomo.

"You can walk on the beach, you can hangout on the beach, but do it in a manner that is consistent with everything we've been talking about".

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discusses coronavirus's initial impact on New York.

"We expect it will take a few weeks", Silver said of training the department's lifeguards.

Video: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tells his daily press briefing on May 20, 2020, that the Bronx borough, where a majority of residents are African Americans and Latino Americans, has the highest COVID-19 positive rate of 34 percent, compared with a citywide average of 19.9 percent. "But we need to find out how to do it and do it safely and do it smartly".

"I want to remind people that there are clear standards, we're not doing any dining in, we want to remind any bar or restaurant that tries, that it's not going to end well. there is going to be enforcement, if there has to be penalties there will be penalties", de Blasio said.

School districts across the state have also been instructed to make plans toward reopening with proper social distancing, busing arrangements, and other preventive measures before the state can fully assess if the education system can relaunch in the fall.

The state will also expand testing capacity in 40 locations of New York City public housing facilities, where social distancing is hard to maintain due to limited room space.

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