Cuomo says he’ll decide in a week whether to keep schools and businesses closed past May 15 as the coronavirus ebbs
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he’ll decide in a week whether to extend the business and school closures and stay-at-home orders — collectively referred to as the NY PAUSE program — past May 15.
Cuomo reiterated that school closures and reopenings were his decision to make after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier this month that schools within the city would remain closed until the Fall.
Reopening schools and the wider New York economy is a careful balancing act, though deaths and hospitalizations from the coronavirus continue to fall.
“If you say, well, we’re done, can’t stay in the house anymore, let’s just reopen, just start business tomorrow, let’s go – what happens?” Cuomo said from Albany. “All the progress we made is gone and all experts or virtually all experts will say not only does the virus spread increase but it increases to a higher point than we had increased the first time.”