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NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City beaches will reopen for swimming Wednesday after a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That includes city-run beaches and those that are federally controlled.

In New Jersey, the state now wants travelers from 16 states to quarantine, doubling the list.

Governors Andrew Cuomo and Phil Murphy along with Mayor Bill de Blasio point out that indoor dining has been problematic around the country since some patrons do not observe mask or social distancing recommendations.



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New York City beaches will reopen for swimming Wednesday.

That includes city-run beaches and those that are federally controlled.

Lifeguards are typically on duty starting Memorial Day weekend, but the opening was delayed due to the pandemic.

The National Park Service announced it would also restaff Jacob Riis Park with lifeguards.

Parking at federal parks is reduced to 50 percent capacity.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said while outdoor dining is working in New York City, he confirmed Monday that the reopening of indoor dining may be paused due to coronavirus concerns.
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He announced the number of New York City residents who tested positive was under the threshold at 2%, while hospitalizations and the number of ICU patients are also under the threshold at 51 admissions and 297 ICU patients.

De Blasio also said barbecuing will be allowed in parks in the coming days.

The shutdown on Broadway has been extended again, until at least early January. Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through January 3.

Alternate side street parking resumed Monday, reduced to only once a week, and New York Waterway is resuming modified service, including ferries leaving Port Imperial in Weekhawken, New Jersey once every 20 minutes.
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New York Waterway resumed modified service Monday, including ferries leaving Port Imperial in Weekhawken, New Jersey once every 20 minutes.


The 2020 Video Music Awards (VMAs) ceremony will return to New York City on Sunday, August 30 at the Barclays Center, Gov. Cuomo announced Monday. The event will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience.

Brooklyn Nets players Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan announced have both tested positive for COVID-19. It is unclear if they will be in Orlando when the season resumes.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo also questioned reopening indoor dining in the city, while reporting new lows in deaths and hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic.

Cuomo announced Monday just seven new deaths and the lowest hospitalizations since March 18, while Murphy reported 18 additional deaths.

"Indoor dining has been problematic in the past," Cuomo told NY1. "I'm going to be speaking to business owners today in New York City and elected officials in New York City. But the restaurants and the indoor dining can be problematic."
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At least 14 new cases have been confirmed from the high school graduation ceremony in Westchester County believed to be the source of a coronavirus spread that has health officials concerned.
Cuomo also called out President Donald Trump to sign an executive order directing everyone to wear mask in public as cases increase around the nation.

Western New York is set to move to Phase 4 on Tuesday.

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey has doubled the number of states to quarantine for incoming travelers. 8 states have been added to the list including California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Lousiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee.

FEMA is closing two of its testing sites in New Jersey.

On Monday, indoor shopping malls in New Jersey are back in business, but Governor Phil Murphy announced the state is pausing plans to allow outdoor dining. It was supposed to begin Thursday but will be postponed, with no new date set.

"We had planned to loosen restrictions this week," Murphy said on Twitter. "However, after #COVID19 spikes in other states driven by, in part, the return of indoor dining, we have decided to postpone indoor dining indefinitely."
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Gov. Phil Murphy said NJ has halted its indoor dining restart.


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Not wearing a mask could cost you $300 in West Hollywood as officials pledge enforcement

Not wearing a mask will soon cost you in West Hollywood.

The local sheriff’s station announced Wednesday that deputies will issue citations to those who are not following the statewide coronavirus health order to don face coverings while in public or high-risk settings.

Those citations will cost $300 for a first offense, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Station.

Since Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the mask order June 18, station officials said they have focused on educating residents about the requirement. Enforcement through citation was considered a “last option,” but officials have now determined “the risk to community health is too great,” according to a community bulletin.

“We ask our community to please wear a face cover/mask while in public in an effort to keep everyone healthy and control the spread of the virus,” officials wrote.

Update: The fine is $250 and a fee of $50 for a total of $300 for the first offense. pic.twitter.com/o6QE3fkucu

— LASD West Hollywood (@WHDLASD) July 2, 2020

The issue of enforcement has been an open question since Newsom announced the statewide mask mandate.

While health officials say wearing face coverings is a vital tool in the fight against COVID-19 — as they can help keep those who are infected from spreading the disease to others — some local governments and county-level law enforcement agencies said they would not enforce the requirement.

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California’s mask order tests the limits of Newsom’s executive power

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California’s mask order tests the limits of Newsom’s executive power

Since shortly after the coronavirus outbreak began, Gov. Gavin Newsom has faced criticism from some over his ample use of executive authority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

State and county officials have largely emphasized education, rather than enforcement, to encourage compliance with coronavirus-related rules.

However, as the situation has drastically deteriorated in recent weeks, California officials are sounding the alarm that more must be done to stave off disastrous spikes in infections that could overwhelm hospitals and result in more deaths.

“Everyone should be wearing your face covering. I’m not asking you; I’m telling you,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday.

“If there’s no mask, there should be no service in any of the places where we shop, where we work,” he said. “If you’re in contact with another person, wear that mask as a way of saying, ‘I care about you.’”

Newsom on Wednesday took action to halt visits to indoor restaurants, bars, wineries and tasting rooms, entertainment centers, movie theaters, zoos, museums and card rooms for the next three weeks in regions hit hard by the virus.

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While Sacramento will still lean on local governments to enforce coronavirus restrictions, Newsom also said the state has formed a multi-agency strike team to go after noncompliant businesses.

“Why have rules, why have regulations, why have laws if you’re not willing to enforce? One must be willing. So it’s targeted. It’s where there are abuses,” he said.

Times staff writers Taryn Luna and Phil Willon contributed to this report.

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