Cuomo Plans Full Reopening for New York State Beachgoers
Earlier today during a press conference at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, Governor Cuomo was optimistic about a full reopening of New York State's beaches and public swimming pools by mid-summer.
Increased Vaccinations, Less COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Cuomo was optimistic about the rates of vaccination among New Yorkers and the declining numbers of COVID-19 infections.
Open by Memorial Day (With Restrictions)
The governor has announced that New York State beaches and swimming pools will be open in time for the Memorial Day holiday later this month. However, people are expected to still maintain 6-foot social distancing.
The End of Social Distancing (Eventually)
Cuomo said it is his hope to have the state's public swimming areas, such as pools and beaches, open without any distancing restrictions by July 4.
Current COVID Numbers
Overall, New York State has a 1.1 percent COVID-19 positive rate, and there were 26 deaths from COVID-19 in New York yesterday.
The positivity rate for Western New York is the second-highest in the state, at 2.2 percent. The Finger Lakes region is the highest, at 2.78 percent.
According to Governor Cuomo, this week's state-wide average of positive COVID cases was the lowest it's been since October 23.
The state has given 17 million COVID vaccinations so far, and approximately 50 percent of eligible New Yorkers have been fully vaccinated, and over 60% are partially vaccinated (and awaiting their second doses).
Governor Cuomo said the next push to get more New Yorkers vaccinated will among the young.