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New York to allow small Memorial Day ceremonies

Police officers hand out masks to people visiting Orchard Beach in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Parks, boardwalks and beaches attracted some crowds this weekend, though city beaches aren't officially open and won't be for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city's beaches could be closed off completely to public access if people don't follow social distancing rules. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Police officers hand out masks to people visiting Orchard Beach in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Parks, boardwalks and beaches attracted some crowds this weekend, though city beaches aren't officially open and won't be for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city's beaches could be closed off completely to public access if people don't follow social distancing rules. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)(WCAX)
Published: May. 19, 2020 at 9:56 AM EDT
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will allow Memorial Day ceremonies with up to 10 people despite statewide lockdown rules.

The governor said ceremonies marking the Monday holiday with 10 or fewer people will be allowed by the state, but at the discretion of local governments. Cuomo didn’t immediately explain details of what types of ceremonies or events might qualify for the exemption, but he says car parades might be a good alternative.

"This is an important tradition. Many people lost their lives. It's important to many, many families all across this state and nation. It's important to the veterans that they be recognized," Cuomo said.

Also today, Cuomo announced a plan to address the isolation that hospitalized COVID patients face. Sixteen hospitals will take part in a two week pilot program to allow families and friends to visit sick loved ones.

Also, Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City’s virus-disrupted school year will extend into the summer for 177,700 youngsters. De Blasio said Tuesday that “unprecedented learning” will happen during the online-only summer school session.

De Blasio said earlier that he hopes to create a city where disparities like those revealed by new coronavirus data "don’t exist.” Data released by the city Monday showed that the virus has hit hardest in low-income neighborhoods outside of Manhattan. The data showed that black and Hispanic New Yorkers were more than twice as likely to be killed by the virus as white people.

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