For the last couple of months, teams in hotspot states like New York, New Jersey, and California have been weighing alternate sites in states that have lifted their restrictions.
"Starting today, all the NY professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps, I believe sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena, do it!"
"It doesn't do good for any of those 84 families that are feeling the pain", he added, "but for me it's just a sign we are making real progress".
"If you can get under 100, I think you can breathe a sigh of relief", Cuomo said. Cuomo announced NY would go "on pause" on March 20, effectively shutting down the entire state.
"New York State has led the way in so many hard times in history - people look to New York for guidance and example and now we are writing history for a whole modern-day governmental and societal response".
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Mary Mack right a resident of senior housing is tested for COVID-19 in Paterson N.J. Friday
On Long Island, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said she's been in talks with Cuomo about the Phase One reopening and her community is ready. New York City's beaches remained closed.
Chapter three consists of rebuilding the economy, Cuomo said.
New York Covid-19 fatalities graph.
There have been almost 195,000 COVID-19 cases in the five boroughs.
At the time, state officials were concerned about preserving capacity in hospitals that were being overwhelmed, and chose to discharge those who had recovered. "This is a service that is necessary and it has been necessary for a period of time", the governor said. Friday night he issued an unexpected order allowing groups of up to 10 people to gather anywhere in the state, as long as they maintained social distancing guidelines. "It depends on how many act", he said.
He urged people to enjoy the holiday weekend safely.
Province To Expand COVID-19 Testing
The province says 984 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, with 155 being treated in intensive care units. As of Thursday afternoon, Ontario reported 24,187 coronavirus cases and 1,993 total deaths.