Virus case numbers have been dropping since the first two weeks of this month after the holiday ‘s….
It appears that the New York Governor is trying hard to get the Empire State economy back up….
The state is lifting business and gathering restrictions in “microclusters” that had seen high levels of spread of the coronavirus, including areas in Nassau and Suffolk counties and Brooklyn and Staten Island that were deemed virus hot spots, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday.
The governor also said he appreciates President Joe Biden’s administration increasing vaccine supply to New York by 16% starting this week, but said that is still not nearly enough to adequately supply the first phases of the state’s vaccination campaign.
If New York could get enough dosages, Cuomo said, the entire state could be vaccinated in a month since it now has the distribution and administration capability.
“We could do literally millions and millions of doses in a month,” Cuomo said at a news briefing in Albany. But “we will never get that level of supply because the federal government won’t get that level of production.”
Cuomo said the spike in cases triggered by more gatherings through the holiday period starting in late November is over, allowing for relaxing rules restricting restaurants, school districts, mass gatherings and houses of worship in those zones.
While he said the state is being “hypercautious” in New York City, due to the density of its population, he is discussing with the mayor, local elected officials and other stakeholders revising restrictions on indoor-dining.
He expects to make an announcement by the end of the week, he said, and indicated that New York City restaurants may be allowed to return to 25% capacity indoor dining. “I fully understand how difficult it is that they are closed,” he said….