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Niagara Falls to begin reopening, sports teams should play: NY governor

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Niagara Falls is part of a sixth New York state region to start reopening after clearing a hurdle for tracing the spread of the novel coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.

Cuomo told a daily briefing he would encourage professional sports teams in New York to play games without fans - but on television - and said he personally would like to watch the Buffalo Bills football team. “New York state will help those major sports franchises to do just that,” he said. Five regions across a large swath of central and upstate New York were given the green light to start the first phase of reopening on Friday after meeting seven criteria focused on keeping hospitalizations and infections at a manageable rate. Cuomo said the sixth region, to begin reopening on Tuesday, would encompass Allegany, Erie and Niagara counties in western New York, starting with construction and manufacturing and some retail operations after meeting a threshold for contact tracers. Niagara Falls, a popular tourist city named for the famous waterfalls it shares with a city of the same name in Ontario, Canada, was included although tourism would not be allowed in the first phase of the reopening plan.

18 May 2020

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