Coronavirus Live Updates: Cuomo says concert venues, comedy clubs too dangerous to reopen

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Concert venues like Madison Square Garden and comedy clubs are still too dangerous to reopen, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Concert venues like Madison Square Garden and comedy clubs are still too dangerous to reopen, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

"I am not in this job to cause people pain, so help me God, I want to say yes to everything," he said. "I want to see jobs and economy come back...We are not out of the woods. Everyone is feeling confident, good. Cocky is not good, and we are still in this."

Cuomo says it's also important to see what happens with colleges and kids being back at school, and with numbers already going up, it's important to keep an eye on everything before reopening more things he believes are not "essential."

"The rule is, you don't want to go over 1% infection rate,' he said. "Open as many things as you can to stay at 1%, that's what I'm doing...I have my foot down on the gas pedal as far as I can push it without going over the speed limit."

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