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'All roads' leading to NYC reopening in the first half of June, mayor says

Virus Outbreak New York
Posted at 1:26 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 13:40:49-04

NEW YORK — As New York City continues to see progression in its COVID-19 battle, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he can see the city begin to reopen in the first half of June.

De Blasio discussed the city’s key indicators during his daily coronavirus briefing Thursday and said NYC had “a pretty good day.”

“All roads are leading to the first half of June — city indicators, the state indicators. We're seeing very clear progress,” he said as the number of people hospitalized for suspected COVID-19 and the number of people in Health and Hospitals intensive care units decreased.

New York City currently has four out of the state's seven metrics needed to reopen.

De Blasio said when the day comes in which NYC will begin phase one of reopening, it will be based on the state’s guidelines with possible modifications that are geared toward the city.

The state’s first phase consists of reopening construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chains and retail businesses through curbside pickup.

The mayor also commended New Yorkers for the progress in combating coronavirus, and assured residents these steps will help the city “get back to anything like normal.”

New York City has seen over 192,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday night, the health department reported.