The Week In Review-The Weekend Ahead

Cuomo Opens Door To Sport Openings

Probably no one is more eager to get out on the practice fields than Cornwall Dragons, Washingtonville Wizards and our local Basketball and Soccer teams.  Local teams are not yet permitted to practice, but we are apparently a step away, as today Professional Sports in NY were given the OK, as well as LOW RISK RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.  What constitutes a low-risk activity was not defined.  Monitoring safety of all these activities is left up to local governing authorities (County, Town, Village and Police). While PROFESSIONAL sports teams can plan their openings and practice, THERE WILL BE NO FANS in stadiums  This, he added will require time, as there is still paperwork, practice camps, and negotiations with media that are hoped to make up the loss of crowd income. They must also come up with criteria to prevent virus spread.  Cuomo said the state will help them with their openings as much as possible. The allowance for low-risk activities could have implications for Summer Camp openings.

In his daily COVID-19 briefing, Governor Cuomo opened the far west region of New York State, saying they have now met the standards set in his grid of COVID-19 response, including decrease in deaths, hospitalizations, virus numbers, and testing.

Other regions, which include Mid-Hudson, in which Orange County is located, do not have the OK for a Phase 1 opening yet. But County Executive Steve Neuhaus said the county is close, and he expect a partial reopening at any time. In his Saturday update, Neuhaus said a change in status might be imminent.  Cuomo said that as of May 15, any region could move into Phase 1 as soon as they achieve the criteria.



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