New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is on track to start reopening in the first half of June.
“We clearly are making progress,” de Blasio said.
The city has met three of the seven metrics areas need to meet in order to reopen. De Blasio said progress is being made on the other four,
When it comes to number of available ICU and hospital beds, one of the metrics the city must achieve, de Blasio said, “We are getting close to those goals.”
Regarding contract tracers, de Blasio said he expects to hit that goal in the beginning of June.
Looking at trend lines, de Blasio said of the city and state goals, “Both will align in the first half of June.”
The mayor said he wants to make sure the city can hold off a second wave. It’s a “real subtle balance” to be struck.
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:
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
- Retail (for curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
- 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.