ALBANY, N.Y. – After some New York schools claimed they were planning to reopen before the end of this school year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that those schools would be in violation of his executive orders.
“Schools are closed all across the state. Period. There's no plan to reopen schools. Period,” he said.
According to Cuomo, the decision to reopen schools will come after a plan is developed that includes improved health standards. But the state has not reached that stage yet.
“If we make a decision to reopen schools - we then would need a whole plan on how to reopen a school -- with the right public health standards -- with disinfecting, with all the precautions. which is a major, major undertaking. So, we're not there yet,” he said.
On Monday, Cuomo also pushed for the federal government to provide a 50% bonus for essential public workers.
"Essential public workers are the ones on the front lines every day carrying us through this crisis, and we must ensure their efforts and sacrifice are appropriately recognized," said Cuomo. "This crisis is not over yet, and as long as these workers continue to work and expose themselves to the virus, they should be properly compensated. I am calling on the federal government to provide hazard pay to these frontline workers and give them a 50% bonus because they are the true heroes in this crisis."
Cuomo reported 4,726 new positive cases of coronavirus, bringing the state total to 247,512.