A woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in New York. (Photo: AP)
New York City is on track to begin reopening on June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made that announcement Friday, saying the nation’s worst pandemic hot spot is meeting goals set for hospital rates and testing. The Democratic governor says the city will “stockpile” personal protective equipment like masks, and will focus on infection rates in hot spots by ZIP code.
Cuomo made the remarks as a large swath of upstate New York got the go-ahead Friday to reopen hair salons, retail shops and offices under strict guidelines. New York City remains the only region of the state that has not yet commenced economic rebirth.