Cuomo: NY Ready To Ease Pandemic Restrictions After Holiday Spike


In more news that would have been impossible before January 20, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is now planning to ease coronavirus restrictions in some parts of the state after the ‘holiday spike’ in COVID-19 cases, and will announce changes to the state’s pandemic cluster zones soon, according to

Cuomo’s anticipated announcement follows the Democratic strongholds of California and Illinois, which announcing similar measures over the last several days.

I think we’re at a new place now,” said Cuomo. “And we can start to adjust that valve and start to open up more economic activity and reduce some of the restrictions.”

For example, elective surgeries will be able to resume in Erie County. “But, don’t get cocky with Covid,” Cuomo warned.

Hospitalizations, new cases and the statewide percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus are all improving, Cuomo said during a press conference in Buffalo. The state did indeed see spike during the holiday season, but the surge appears to be slowing.

Cuomo didn’t give further details on what type of restrictions he might loosen or what cluster zones might be eliminated or changed. The state Health Department is reviewing data on the zones now and Cuomo said expects to have announcements in the coming days. –

New York launched their ‘cluster zone’ strategy in the fall, which mandates lockdown restrictions based on a color-coded guide; yellow, orange and red – much like other ridiculed government  threat indicators. – READ MORE

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