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NEW YORK (AP & WXXI News) Business owners in New York will be able to deny entry to people not wearing masks or face coverings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

The promised executive order from Cuomo comes as restrictions on shops are beginning to loosen around the state, though not yet in New York City.

``We're giving the store owners the right to say, `If you're not wearing a mask, you can't come in.''' Cuomo said at his daily briefing. ``That store owner has a right to protect themselves. That store owner has a right to protect the other patrons in that store.''

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dropped the state's absolute ban on gatherings of any size Friday, issuing an executive order saying up to 10 people are now allowed to be together as long as they abide by other social distancing guidelines adopted during the coronavirus pandemic.

The order, issued on the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, represents one of the biggest steps yet the state has taken to loosen rules adopted in March that have barred anyone but essential workers from getting together unless they live in the same household.

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NEW YORK (AP & WXXI News) Summer school in New York will be conducted remotely, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday, citing the risks of returning children to the classroom.

The governor said it's too early to make a decision about the fall semester. School buildings in New York have been closed since March.

``Schools obviously pose risks. They're places of gathering. They're on buses. They're in classrooms,'' Cuomo said at his daily briefing.

NEW YORK -- A federal appeals court gave the green light Tuesday to New York state's June 23 Democratic presidential primary.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court judge who ruled two weeks ago that the primary must include the contest over the state's objections.

Three appeals judges heard arguments Friday in Manhattan, demonstrating through their remarks that they agreed with withdrawn candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang that the primary should occur.


NEW YORK (AP)  The New York Democratic presidential primary must take place June 23 because canceling it would be unconstitutional, a judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan ruled after hearing arguments a day earlier as lawyers for withdrawn presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang argued that it was wrong to cancel the primary.

The judge said there was enough time before the primary occurs to figure out how to carry it out safely.

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Schools across New York state will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov.Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday.

The order, which applies to 4.2 million students statewide, continues a shutdown order that was set to expire May 15.

Distance learning, meal programs, and childcare services for essential workers will still continue. 

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(AP & WXXI News) New York is wrapping up its worst week in deaths so far of the coronavirus outbreak, but there were a few signs of hope.

At the end of the day Saturday, there were 18,707 people hospitalized with the virus in the state. That was up only 73 since the previous day.

The bad news has been that large numbers of people are still dying every day. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that 758 people died Saturday, the sixth day in a row that the toll topped 700.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state wants to build four more temporary hospitals in New York City before coronavirus cases peak.

The state is seeking authorization from the Trump administration to add 4,000 beds in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

Cuomo also said schools in New York state will remain closed for another two weeks until April 15.

Cuomo two weeks ago had ordered schools closed through April 1 as part of the state’s effort to slow the transmission of the outbreak.

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New York's governor said Sunday that he was exasperated that people are still ignoring his social distancing orders, saying he spent part of the previous day watching people clustering in groups and acting like it was just another nice spring day.

"There is a density level in New York City that is wholly inappropriate. You would think there is nothing going on. In parts of New York City, it was just a bright, sunny Saturday," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

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Barbershops, hair salons, tattoo and piercing parlors and nail salons in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania must close Saturday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the governors of the four states said.

The multi-state order, which also covers hair removal services and related personal care services, is the latest in a series of business restrictions announced by the governors to reduce chances for the virus to spread from person to person.

The businesses must close by 8 p.m. Saturday.