Less than two days after NY relaxed certain coronavirus restrictions on religious services and Memorial Day events, allowing gatherings of up to 10 people, the state has extended the measure to cover all gatherings for "any lawful goal or reason".
"All these things we've done, nobody's doing these things because government told them to do it", said Governor Cuomo, referring to his numerous executive orders on social distancing and masks.
Eighty-four people died of coronavirus in NY in the last day, the first time that death toll has dropped below 100 since March 24.
The move came hours after the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Cuomo's order, arguing it violated the First Amendment. De Blasio, however, did detail a condition for reopening. "I need every New Yorker to heed the warning: there's NO swimming on our beaches during this crisis".
However, Governor Cuomo announced Friday that two of those regions could reopen as soon as next week.
"We can not see people going to the beaches in large numbers, crowding together".
"I've been really clear about the beaches - they are closed for swimming".
The main reason the mayor has cited for the swimming ban was to curb the spread of the virus by keeping people off public transportation.
The mayor's latest prediction comes as the city has seen its three daily reopening indicators it has been tracking to determine when New York City can begin relaxing its coronavirus restrictions "stay consistently low". A traffic sign outside the park warned that there was no swimming or barbecuing allowed, but there were few people around to read it.
'Health experts, elected officials, and police officers all agree that people can be outside safely while practicing social distancing, and it's critical that lawmakers create guidelines and direct law enforcement uniformly'.
Long Island is on track to open Wednesday, Cuomo said.
The pandemic has killed at least 23,200 people in the state, not counting another 4,800 people in New York City who died before their COVID-19 diagnosis could be confirmed by a lab test. And the doctor said, 'if I were you, I would look for 100.