Cuomo: No more than 10 people at Memorial Day ceremonies

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that it’s important to honor veterans, but it should be done safely on Memorial Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that it’s important to honor veterans, but it should be done safely on Memorial Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says the state is allowing Memorial Day ceremonies with 10 people or less and is encouraging vehicle parades.

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The governor’s briefing was held at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Nassau County. He said that Long Island is making “real progress” and that measures put in place by the state regarding social distancing helped to save lives.

Gov. Cuomo says a pilot program in 16 hospitals across the state will begin to allow more visitors to patients. Those visitors will have proper personal protective equipment.

A total of 105 New Yorkers was added to the state’s death toll on Monday.

More briefing notes are below:

  • Gov. Cuomo: Total hospitalizations are down again.
  • Number of new cases are down again. 335.
  • 105 New Yorkers added to state's death toll.
  • "Did it work? You're darn right it worked. We saved many, many lives."
  • Cuomo: State to allow Memorial Day ceremonies with 10 people or less; encourages vehicle parades for veterans.
  • On Americans First Law proposal: "We need a federal government that are as smart as the people who elected that federal government."
  • Gov. Cuomo speaks about how politicians should be responding to COVID-19 crisis: "You're not going to tweet your way through this." He says government has to be fair and effective.
  • Gov Cuomo announced a two-week hospital visitation pilot program at 16 hospitals across the state. Visitors will be provided PPE and subject to symptom and temperature checks.

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