Cuomo Says NYC Can Enter Scaled-Back Phase 4 Reopening Monday

People wearing masks in New York City
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York City would enter Phase 4 of its reopening on Monday. 

“I'm so proud of what New Yorkers have done,” the governor wrote on Twitter. “But we must continue to be on alert.”

While the city will progress into the next phase, it won’t be like the reopening in other parts of New York. 

“We are still seeing issues, not just in the bars and restaurants, but all across the country, you’re seeing these inside, interior spaces, air-conditioned spaces, where the virus is tending to spread," Cuomo told reporters on a conference call Thursday. “So, we will take that precaution in New York City.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that there will be no new indoor activities under the fourth and final phase. 

“There can’t be a slippery slope there, as we’ve seen indoor is the challenge and we have to be really tight about it,” the mayor said on Thursday. “The outdoor elements, I feel good about and confident about, so long as we’re clear about the standards and, of course, everything needs oversight and enforcement.”

Under the state's Phase 4 reopening guidelines higher education, low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment — such as zoos, aquariums and museums — media production,  professional sports without fans and malls can resume with restrictions, such as capacity limits, and health precautions, including social distancing and the wearing of fac