Up to 25 can gather during phase three in NYS

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Governor Cuomo today announced the state would allow gatherings of up to 25 people in phase three regions, up from the earlier limit of 10.

Over the weekend, the state DOH announced that overnight children’s camps would not be allowed to operate this summer, after approving day camps to open beginning June 29.

Low-risk youth sports can also start up on July 6 in these areas, with no more than two spectators allowed per child at each contest.

Local governments are reminded to enforce all reopening rules and guidelines in place, with failure to do so resulting in potential business closures – or worse yet, setbacks in the area’s phased reopening plans.

Cuomo warned bars and restaurants that any violations of reopening rules and guidelines could result in the loss of their liquor license, adding individuals can be fined for open container and social distancing violations.

New York has reached the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths since the pandemic began.

“New York State has been continuing to follow the data and the numbers on the COVID-19 virus and we are making really great progress with the lowest number of deaths and hospitalizations since this pandemic first began,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is all good news, but our behavior is what’s keeping these numbers down and the numbers can change in a week if we don’t remain disciplined and follow the guidelines and protocols in place. We’ve been getting reports from all across the state of large gatherings, social distancing violations and people are not wearing masks – and we want to remind all individuals and businesses, especially bars and restaurants, that failure to follow the state’s reopening rules and guidelines will result in serious consequences.”

Parks and playgrounds

Cortland Common Council will meet tomorrow night and consider opening up parks & playgrounds across the city, following approval last week by the state for phase 3 regions.

City leaders will also continue discussing the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the community, following an executive order last week by the governor or requiring all local police agencies to develop and modernize their departments based on several parameters.

Official plans due by April 1, 2021 to remain eligible for any state assistance funding.

Meanwhile, the local #BlackLivesMatter group is heading a five-day virtual celebration this week leading up to Friday’s Juneteenth holiday, commemorating the same date in 1865 when slaves were freed in the state of Texas by federal orders from Union leaders.

The mayors of both Cortland and Ithaca are expected to offer their reflections this week.

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