Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Thursday, June 18, 2020

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Posted at 5:44 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 12:43:53-04

NEW YORK — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New York. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.

11:30 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his daily briefing. Watch below.

Breaking Updates:

  • Cuomo signing order to increase enforcement of COVID-19 reopening rules across state to protect New Yorkers
    • Violations of reopening rules can result in immediate loss of liquor license and a shut down order for NY businesses.
  • Cuomo also signing an order to give bars responsibility of areas immediately outside of their locations, as well as expanding the enforcement areas of the State Liquor Authority (SLA).
  • New York is issuing guidance to colleges and universities to allow some residential and face-to-face programming for the fall semester.
    • Campuses must develop a plan, which attests to meeting the guidance, and file that plan with the state.
  • Cuomo says he's considering possibility of enacting a mandatory quarantine for travelers to New York from certain states.

Reopening and COVID-19 updates:

  • Wednesday saw the highest amount of tests in New York yet, and the lowest percent of positive results since pandemic began.
  • Wednesday saw lowest amount of total COVID-19 hospitalizations since pandemic began.
  • New York reported 29 new coronavirus deaths Wednesday.
  • NYC still set to enter Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, June 22.
    • Global experts will continue looking at data over the weekend.
    • Cuomo says final decision will be made Friday for NYC, but businesses should prepare for Monday.

10 a.m.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio held his daily coronavirus briefing. Watch below.

NYC Restart Phase 2

  • Currently on track for Monday, June 22
  • Phases include:
    • Offices
    • In-store retail
    • Hair salons and barbershops
    • Real estate
    • Outdoor dining
    • Vehicle sales, leases and rentals
    • Commercial building management
    • Retail rental, repair and cleaning
    • About 150,000 - 300,000 workers estimated to return initially

Open restaurants

  • Safely restart outdoor dining
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Get hospitality workers back to work
  • Hotline for business owners: 888-SBS-4NYC

Open Restaurants rules

  • Sidewalk seating: Must maintain clear path from obstructions between seating and the curb
  • Curb lane seating: Roadway seating will not exceed length of business frontage and be separated from the travel lane with a barrier (barricade, planter)
    • Restrictions on areas ineligible for roadway seating include ‘No Standing Anytime’ curbs, bus stops, within 15’ of hydrants
  • Open streets: DOT will work with groups and partner agencies to identify additional seating within full street closures in July
  • Plaza Seating: Restaurants can work with their local Business Improvement District and DOT to request additional seating in plazas. Email:
  • Alcohol: May be served outdoors under existing liquor license
  • City will work with State Liquor Authority to automatically extend licenses to new seating

Helping businesses reopen

  • Distributing 2 million more face coverings to Phase 2 businesses
  • Connecting business owners with a directory of wholesalers selling sneeze guards, PPE and other equipment
  • Offering reopening guides of Phase 2 industries, including Open Restaurants guidelines
  • NYC.Gov/business

Relief for renters

  • Rent Freeze passed by Rent Guidelines Board Wednesday night
  • Applies to around 1 million rent-stabilized apartments in NYC (more than 2 million renters)
  • 0% increase on one-year leases
  • For two-year leases, 0% on first year, 1% increase on the second year

Reopening playgrounds

  • During Phase 2: Playgrounds reopening
  • Social distancing ambassadors will monitor crowding, distribute face coverings, encourage hygiene
  • Team sports (basketball, football, softball and soccer) still NOT permitted during Phase 2.

Daily indicators

  • COVID hospitalizations: 59
  • H+H ICUs: 320
  • Percentage tested positive: 2%

Latest official numbers:
As of Thursday morning, a total of 385,142 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in New York, with the state's death toll at 24,629.

COVID-19 timeline: How novel coronavirus spread

Tips to protect yourself and others amid coronavirus outbreaks

The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here