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NY Looks to Allowing Pro Sports Events, but Without Fans

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TV Footballby Dave Lemery, The Center Square

The beginning of New York’s reopening showed signs of widening further Saturday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the auto racing track at Watkins Glen and horse racing tracks across the state can reopen June 1, provided they operate without fans in attendance.

The governor, speaking during his daily news briefing, indicated that he would be OK with other professional sports moving forward as well, but given the multistate operations of leagues such as Major League Baseball, he couldn’t say when the Yankees and Mets might begin playing.

Five of 10 regions of the state were allowed to enter phase one of the administration’s four-phase reopening plan on Friday. That status allows some manufacturing and retail activities that had been shut down to fight the spread of the coronavirus to resume. In the remaining five regions, factors such as hospital bed availability and number of contact tracers hired still prevent entering the first phase.

The governor said that as economic activity and travel increase, it’s to be expected that there will be a similar increase in infections. The size of that increase will dictate whether the reopening is successful or if it has to be dialed back.

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