According to NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City is on track to enter Phase two of reopening on Monday.
As a part of phase two, outdoor dining at restaurants is permitted, as well as 25% occupancy in places of worship.
Hair salons, barbershops, professional offices and retail stores will be permitted to open as well, although it is not clear what restrictions, if any, will apply.
Currently in New York City, beaches are open with restrictions. People are permitted to be on the sand during operating hours, however, no swimming is allowed.
The implementation of phase two opening this soon may come as a shock to some since Mayor Bill de Blasio has publicly stated that he does not believe the city would be ready for that phase until July. Noting that hundreds of thousands of employees have returned to work in the city since phase one, so the city is waiting to see if there will be an increase of new cases.
Shortly after de Blasio made that statement, Cuomo announced that the city would be moving forward with phase two.
At his daily COVID-19 briefing, Cuomo cited the declining numbers of COVID-19 cases, positive COVID-19 tests and hospitalizations as a part of his justification. Cuomo also stated that he is using the same criteria that is used in other regions of the state.