Western New York continues to be on track for a third phase of reopening this week Tuesday June 16th that would include dining (bars and restaurants) personal care services like nail salons, massage and tattoo studios at a limited capacity.
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•Gov. Andrew Cuomo pointed to continued dramatic reductions in positive Covid-19 cases throughout the state, including Western New York. New York State has reached the lowest number of hospitalizations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. On Friday, the number of total hospitalizations in the state due to COVID-19 was 1,734, the lowest it’s been since March 20 to 1,734. Thirty-two people in New York passed away due to COVID-19, down from a record-high of 800 just nine weeks ago.
The Governor also signed legislation suspending the forfeiture of unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 state of emergency, aligning with the Executive Order issued by the Governor on May 14, 2020.
Over 44 million Americans across the United States have applied for unemployment insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this number is expected to grow as the pandemic continues. Individuals who have had forfeit penalties levied against them from past claims are currently unable to collect their unemployment benefits.
This new law will allow those individuals to collect these critical benefits in their time of greatest need even if forfeit penalties have been enacted against them.
The Governor also signed legislation repealing criminalization of wearing a mask in public. The Governor previously issued an Executive Order requiring that New Yorkers wear face coverings while in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and this new law will remove any legal conflicts with the outdated provision banning the wearing of masks in public and the Governor’s Executive Order.