De Blasio: NYC Set To Begin Phase 1 Reopening By June 15, SI Ferry Increasing Service

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NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that New York City is on track to begin the state’s first phase of reopening between June 1 and June 15.

“I want to signal as clear as a bell, all roads are leading to the first half of June,” de Blasio said. “The city indicators, the state indicators, we’re seeing very clear progress.”

Under Phase 1, manufacturing, construction and agricultural industries can reopen. Retail businesses can also reopen, though stores are limited to curbside or in-store pickup and dropoff.

As of Thursday, the city had checked four of the seven criteria set by the state to begin Phase 1. Among them, the city has reported a 14-day decline in net hospitalizations as well as a 14-day decline in hospital deaths. It has also increased the number of residents tested monthly to 30 per 1,000 and pushed new hospitalizations to below two per 100,000 residents.

The city still has some work to do when it comes to increasing the share of available hospital beds to 30 percent and the share of available ICU beds to 30 percent, but it’s expected to have 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents in the coming days.

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