New York has outlined a plan for reopening. What’s in it?
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New York state is set to start a gradual reopening next month. Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a cautious plan Sunday.
Marketplace’s Nancy Marshall-Genzer is following the details of the plan.
Here’s what we know:
- Upstate New York will reopen first, possibly after May 15.
- New York City will be on a slower timeline.
- Construction and manufacturing firms will be the first businesses to reopen.
- No part of the state will be allowed to open attractions that would draw a lot of outside visitors.
The following is an edited transcript of Marshall-Genzer’s conversation with Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams.
Nancy Marshall-Genzer: Gov. Cuomo said Sunday that New York will reopen in phases. Construction and manufacturing firms will be the first businesses to open because they’re less likely to spread the virus. A second phase includes companies that are more essential, and those with a low risk of infection in the workplace. Businesses have to come up with plans to protect customers and workers, and lower the risk of infection.
Kimberly Adams: And what about New York City which has had the most cases in the U.S. so far?
Marshall-Genzer: It’s going to be on a slower timeline. A lot depends on hospitalization and infection rates. And Gov. Cuomo says he’s going to coordinate things like public transportation, and reopening parks and beaches, with neighboring states.
Adams: And what’s the timing here for the rest of the state?
Marshall-Genzer: Gov. Cuomo says upstate communities could open back up after May 15. Once a region of the state sees a two-week decline in hospitalization for COVID-19 it can start a gradual re-opening. But Cuomo says there will be two weeks in between each phase to be sure there isn’t a spike in infection rates and hospital admissions.
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It’s a real thing. The science backs it up — there’s new research from Stanford University. So why is it that the technology can be so draining? Jeremy Bailenson with Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab puts it this way: “It’s like being in an elevator where everyone in the elevator stopped and looked right at us for the entire elevator ride at close-up.” Bailenson said turning off self-view and shrinking down the video window can make interactions feel more natural and less emotionally taxing.
How are Americans spending their money these days?
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What happened to all of the hazard pay essential workers were getting at the beginning of the pandemic?
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