Coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 9:32 p.m. ET, May 18, 2020
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12:20 p.m. ET, May 18, 2020

Public transit riders in Massachusetts must wear face coverings

From CNN’s Carma Hassan

Michael Dwyer/AP
Michael Dwyer/AP

Riders are required to wear face coverings and maintain distance while on public transit with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said.

The MBTA will operate on a limited schedule while the state is in phase one and employees will frequently disinfect trains, she said.

12:14 p.m. ET, May 18, 2020

New York City could face $9.5 billion tax revenue shortfall over next two years, watchdog says

From CNN’s Tami Luhby

The coronavirus pandemic is projected to blow a $9.5 billion hole in New York City’s tax revenue collection, the city's Independent Budget Office said Monday.

“The near cessation of much of the economic activity that propelled the city’s economic engine for years has dashed the city’s fiscal outlook in just a few months,” the office wrote in a report.

The office expects 2020 tax revenue to be $2.9 billion, or 4.6%, lower than it forecast in February and 2021 collections to be $6.6 billion, or 9.9%, lower, for a combined shortfall of $9.5 billion.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration last month released a budget for fiscal 2021, which begins July 1. It estimated a $7.4 billion tax revenue hit over 2020 and 2021, which is prompting an array of spending cuts to education, health and social services, parks, sanitation and other agencies.

However, the Independent Budget Office said more actions, including drawing down on the city’s healthy amount of reserves, will likely have to be taken to balance the budget.

It is expecting a $544 million budget gap for this fiscal year and a $380 million shortfall for next year.

Noting that New York City is an epicenter of the pandemic, the office projects employment losses of 388,000 between April and June and another 58,000 in the following quarter in virtually every industry except construction, education and health.

Strong gains in employment and income aren’t expected until 2022.

12:31 p.m. ET, May 18, 2020

Uber to cut another 3,000 jobs

From CNN’s Sara Ashley O’Brien

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images
David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Ride-hailing giant Uber announced on Monday that it is cutting another 3,000 employees, the company said in an email to staffers.

In the email to staffers, which was viewed by CNN Business, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi also said the company is “closing or consolidating around 45 office locations globally.”

Some background: The company announced a first round of job cuts on May 2 — getting rid of about 3,700 full-time roles, or roughly 14% of its staff on its customer support and recruiting teams in response to the reduced volume of ride requests and the company's hiring freeze.

Uber also said in the filing that Khosrowshahi will waive his base salary for the rest of 2020.

12:02 p.m. ET, May 18, 2020

Apple will require temperature checks and mask as stores reopen

From CNN’s Jordan Valinsky

Apple staff ask health questions of people entering the Apple store in Perth, Australia, on Monday, May 18.
Apple staff ask health questions of people entering the Apple store in Perth, Australia, on Monday, May 18. Will Russell/Getty Images

Shopping at Apple stores will be a drastically different experience when the company reopens the more than 500 global locations it closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

So far, nearly 100 Apple stores around the world have reopened with extensive changes, including...

  • Temperature checks at the door
  • More frequent deep cleanings
  • Requirements that staff and shoppers wear face coverings

Apple is also limiting the number of people allowed in stores and will begin curbside drop-off and pick-up options at some locations, according to a statement the company released Sunday.

Reopening an Apple store takes planning that depends on multiple factors, said Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's senior vice president of retail and people.

‘"We look at every available piece of data, including local cases, near and long-term trends, and guidance from national and local health officials," she wrote in the statement. "These are not decisions we rush into? and a store opening in no way means that we won't take the preventative step of closing it again should local conditions warrant," O'Brien said.

In China, Apple stores have been "safely open for months," the company said. All 42 of its China locations were shut down for about a month in February during the peak of the outbreak there.

The company has 510 stores worldwide, 271 of which are in the United States.

11:58 a.m. ET, May 18, 2020

New York sports teams should plan to play games without fans, Cuomo says

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has been encouraging pro-sports teams in the state to "plan reopenings without fans."

He noted that even if fans weren't in attendance, the games could be televised. 

"New York state will help those major sports franchises to do just that. Hockey, basketball, baseball, football, whoever can reopen. We're a ready, willing and able partner," the governor said.

He noted as a "personal disclosure" that he is anxious to watch the Buffalo Bills play.


11:56 a.m. ET, May 18, 2020

A 6th New York region will reopen tomorrow

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State of Ne

Western New York is expected to enter phase one of the state's reopening plan tomorrow, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

New York is opening region-by-region, and an area must meet seven metrics before it is allowed to reopen. Western New York needed to have at least 521 tracers ready for contact tracing before it could reopen, and officials identified 525 tracers over the weekend.

About New York's reopening plans: The state has outlined four phases of reopening, and regions will be allowed to move into stage one when they meet the metrics. Last week, five regions — Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier — entered phase one.

Here's what can reopen in phase one:

  • Construction
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
  • Retail (for curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale trade

Here's what the other three phases will look like:

  • Phase two: Professional services, retail, administrative support and real estate can reopen.
  • Phase three: Restaurants and food services can reopen.
  • Phase four: Arts, entertainment, recreation and education can reopen.


11:49 a.m. ET, May 18, 2020

Hair salons and barber shops can reopen in Massachusetts next week

From CNN’s Carma Hassan

Barber Toi Phommachanh looks out the window of his closed barber shop called "Slick's on State" in Newburyport, MA on Monday, April 20.
Barber Toi Phommachanh looks out the window of his closed barber shop called "Slick's on State" in Newburyport, MA on Monday, April 20. Jim Davis/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

Starting on May 25, office spaces in Massachusetts can reopen at 25% of capacity — except in Boston — and retail establishments can offer curbside service. Personal services like barbershops and hair salons may be permitted to reopen if they follow the new guidelines.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said in addition to reopening manufacturing facilities and construction sites, places of worship will also be permitted to reopen today. 

Each phase is expected to last at least three weeks and there will be four phases total, the governor said.

11:48 a.m. ET, May 18, 2020

106 people died yesterday from coronavirus in New York, governor says

At least 106 people died in New York state yesterday from Covid-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. That is a decrease from the 139 reported on Saturday.

The governor said the daily death toll in New York, "is still painfully high at 106, but it is down, and in this world where we are looking for good news on a daily basis, that is good news."


11:45 a.m. ET, May 18, 2020

Gov. Cuomo says he's negative for coronavirus

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State of Ne

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he took a coronavirus test and is negative for the virus.

"So that is good news," he said at a news conference. "When you find out you're negative, it's actually a nice sense of relief."

Cuomo said he was not experiencing any symptoms.

He said the test was "easy" and he urged anyone with symptoms to get a test.

In March, Cuomo's brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, tested positive for coronavirus.