"Final" COVID-19 Relief, New York City to Reopen June 8, 2020
Although the U.S. House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act in the middle of May, indications are the Senate is less enthusiastic of such wide-sweeping relief. On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated Congress will decide whether to pass a “final” COVID-19 relief package in the coming weeks. He also specified that it would have a narrow focus. Also today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City (NYC) Mayor Bill de Blasio announced NYC is likely to meet the state metrics required to reopen and resume non-essential activity by June 8, 2020. Friday, NYC reported only 61 new COVID-19 patients, which is well below the city-imposed guideline of fewer than 200 daily cases, per Mayor de Blasio.