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ALBANY, NY- The Governor’s Office has followed up with an update on why large shopping malls have not been permitted yet to open in phase four.

As we approached the fourth and final phase last week, news developed from state officials that large shopping malls were among a few other specific places that won’t open right off the bat, citing concerns over air-conditioning systems that have been problematic with spreading the virus in malls across the country, the Governor claimed. 

To prevent that risk here in the state, Governor Cuomo says large shopping malls won’t be allowed to re-open until they have successfully installed a new air-infiltration system that can block virus particles.

During his Monday press conference, the Governor promoted what are known as high-efficiency particle air filters (HEPA) as an example. He also said any other air-conditioning system with a minimum efficiency reporting valve rating capable of filtering out virus particles can be used.

He mentioned during his briefing that a COVID-19 particle is approximately 0.125 microns in diameter.

“Our re-openings have worked very well,” the Governor said. “We're not going backwards, we're going forwards. A lot of these other states have actually had to go backwards because they started to reopen and they had to stop.”

No specific date was revealed from the Governor in terms of when shopping malls can re-open here in New York, even with the proper air-infiltration systems.

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