(AmericanProsperity.com) – New York is extending the shutdown of nonessential businesses to May 15. The lockdown was scheduled to end on April 1 as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to level off. However, 606 New Yorkers died of the illness on Wednesday.
New York on PAUSE will be extended in coordination with other states to May 15.
Non-essential workers must continue to stay home.
Social distancing rules remain in place.
We must STAY THE COURSE.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 16, 2020
During a press conference on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the New York “PAUSE” has worked, but the state is not ready to open for business yet. Cuomo said that the decision was made in consultation with governors in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Delaware. The governor further said he wanted a coordinated plan with neighboring states.
A new federal re-opening plan was just released Thursday evening, so each of these states will need to decide for themselves how to best get their economies back online based on the new guidelines.
Cuomo also said he would not speak for the individual states and what they may or may not do regarding extending their shutdowns. Delaware was already committed to closing until May 15. New Jersey’s governor indefinitely prolonged the state’s shutdown.
At the national level, President Trump was expected to announce a bipartisan advisory council on Thursday. He’s crafting guidelines to safely roll back social distancing measures and re-open the economy. The White House has stressed that this is an advisory group, not a task force as some have referred to it.
It looks like steps are progressing to getting America back up and running. Over the next few weeks, we should begin seeing these phases rolling out.
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