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Schools in New York can now safely reopen for in-person instruction.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Allows Schools In State To Reopen This Fall Due To Low COVID-19 Infection Rate

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By Yuriy Andriyashchuk

The state of New York has done an amazing job of fighting against COVID-19 after originally being the epicenter of the virus in America at the start of the pandemic. Governor Andrew Cuomo has showed great leadership and took great steps to help NYC and the state overall reopen its economy and save lives. At this point, NYC is in phase 4 of its reopening plan.

A huge topic in the midst of COVID is schools reopening this fall. Some states are going virtual but in NY, they can safely reopen for in-person instruction, per Deadline.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there is only a 1% COVID-19 infection rate in the state now.
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As of Friday, the state infection rate for COVID-19 is only an impressive 1%. Cuomo said at his press briefing that they “Will continue to monitor the infection rate leading up to the first day of school. It is just great news. We are probably in the best situation in the country right now.”

Friday only listed five additional deaths in the state. Public and private schools would close if infection rates reach 9%, though. There are guidelines put in place for a safe reopening as well.

Cuomo added that teachers are still discussing when teachers will be comfortable enough to return.
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These safe reopening guidelines include wearing face coverings when social distancing is not possible, expanded cleaning of classrooms, COVID-19 screenings, along with contact tracing. Cuomo did emphasize that teachers are discussing when they'd be comfortable to go back, though. Different things are being addressed for them to be in classrooms again.

“The teachers have to agree to go back [and] are raising many questions from hot-spot zip codes to contact tracing to testing. They have to be comfortable. You don’t want to get into a legal battle about that.”

New York ended up going from worst to first as far as COVID-19 progress in America.
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Things are in the opposite direction in California as the state has the most COVID-19 infections in the United States. Los Angeles County has been hit the hardest as the school year was initially set for August 18. At the moment, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner says that virtual learning will be the plan moving forward heading into the fall. Hopefully, things go better for them soon so students can safely be back in classrooms as soon as possible.

Dine-in restaurants and gyms in NYC still won't reopen until likely Labor Day.
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As of now, large gatherings are still being cracked down in New York. In nearby New Jersey, sporting events still aren't allowed to have full stadiums or limited capacity. Indoor dining for restaurants will not resume until after Labor Day, according to NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio. In other areas of New York state, dine-in at restaurants has since resumed. Gyms and other indoor activities in NYC are aiming for the Labor Day resumption as well. NYC retail stores have since reopened, though.

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