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06 Jul 2020 | 08:06 PM UTC

US: New York City enters phase three of reopening July 6 /update 68

United States of America News Alert

New York City enters next phase of reopening as COVID-19 restrictions eased on July 6; continue to follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/6/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/3/2020, 11:59 PM (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION United States, New York

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Event

New York City entered phase three of its reopening plan on Monday, July 6, in a further easing of restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under phase three spas, tanning salons, and tattoo parlors resumed business, with a 50 percent capacity limit. Customers must wear face masks and provide personal details to businesses. Dog parks and basketball and tennis courts will also reopen. The resumption of indoor dining, which was originally included under phase three plans, has been delayed until further notice by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo. The rest of New York state has already entered phase three, including indoor dining, and seven regions have already moved into the fourth and final phase of the reopening plan.

As of July 6, there have been 2,910,782 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 130,090 associated fatalities. 397,649 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in New York state, with 24,913 deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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