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New York City is on track to begin 'phase one' reopening on June 8, Gov. Cuomo says

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo conducts a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., after a meeting with President Trump at the White House on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

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New York City is expected to begin a “phase one” reopening on June 8, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

“We know where the hot spots are in the city, we want to focus on them next week, be ready to open,” Cuomo said during a press conference in New Rochelle. “We’re on track to open on June 8th, which is one week from Monday.”

Long Island and Mid-Hudson regions began their phase one reopening this week, leaving New York City the only region in the state to remain on Cuomo’s full stay-at-home order.

Cuomo said Friday the phase one reopening in New York City should bring about 400,000 employees back to work.

Cuomo cautioned against too much excitement about reopening, saying, “this is not ‘happy days again, this is over.’ We have to be smart.”

“Remember that reopening does not mean we’re going back to the way things were. Life is not about going back nobody goes back, we go forward,” he said. 

New York state is the hardest-hit region in the U.S. The virus, which emerged in Wuhan, China less than five months ago, has infected more than 366,000 people across the state, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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