Cuomo trying to plan for restarting NY's economy when it's safe

Mar 23, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his aides are still scrambling to create new hospital beds and procure adequate medical equipment, as the state begins its full day of a work shutdown, except for essential services. But the governor says he’s also assigning a team to try to figure out how and when to restart the economy in the coming weeks.

Cuomo said the effort, known as NY Forward, will look at whether, for instance, it’s safe to allow those who have already had the virus and recovered to go back to work.

He continues to say that he would like to test more members of the public for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies to find out who has already had the virus without knowing it.

Cuomo said “you can’t stop the economy forever.”

“You turned off the engine quickly,” Cuomo said. “How do you now restart?”

The governor said he has absolutely “no second thoughts” about ordering a complete shutdown of businesses this week and imposing social distancing requirements everywhere else.  But he said long-term, it’s “unsustainable."