New York Will Ease Restrictions in Coronavirus Hot Spots

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New York Will Ease Restrictions in Coronavirus Hot Spots

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced on Wednesday that some schools and businesses will reopen in New York City hot spot areas as coronavirus cases have fallen in some places.

We now have the data that takes it to such a small level. We say we’re going to reduce activity, but only in that small area. So we reduce disruption — it’s only in your neighborhood. It’s not five miles one way, and it’s not five miles the other way. It’s only in your area, which allows the economy to continue to run with less disruption. And then we said, we put in place the restrictions. We then watched the data for 14 days. We come back after 14 days, and we make whatever adjustments. The adjustments we’re going to make are these: to exit a red zone under 3 percent after 10 days, 4 percent in less-populated areas. What does that mean? The virus spreads faster in a denser population than in a more rural population. In a more rural area, you come into effect with — come into contact and proximity with fewer people than in a denser environment. If you are in the middle of New York City, you have one factor for spread. If you’re in the middle of the North country, you have another factor for spread.

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