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Cuomo briefings will go remote as COVID-19 cases surge in New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo will be hosting briefings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but they will be remote.

The briefings, which have been held in-person for the duration of the pandemic, were moved to a remote setting effective this week due to rising COVID-19 numbers.

The New York Post learned about the move when the press pool that typically covers Governor Cuomo in Albany received notice that sessions would be going remote.

“Since the beginning, we’ve talked about the important role the media has played in educating the public about this pandemic and hand in hand we worked with the Legislative Correspondents Association to decrease room density, put protections in place and ensure that ever-evolving health and safety protocols were being followed,” Cuomo senior adviser Rich Azzopardi told The Post. “Given the new stricter CDC guidelines released Friday and the reality of rising cases in New York, going remote is now the most prudent action. We are making every effort to protect public health and balance it with the need for reporters across the state to continue to have access and to do their jobs.”

It’s unclear how the Governor’s team will balance allowing reporters from across the state to ask questions.