This is our daily update of breaking COVID-19 news for Monday, July 20th, 2020. Previous daily updates can be found here, and up-to-date statistics are here.

New York City is in Phase 4 of reopening now, which includes zoos, botanical gardens, and professional sports (without fans). A look at preparing for the spread of coronavirus is here, and if you have lingering questions about the virus, here is our regularly updated coronavirus FAQ. Here are some local and state hotlines for more information: NYC: 311; NY State Hotline: 888-364-3065; NJ State Hotline: 800-222-1222.

Here's the latest:

Don't expect the return of indoor dining or indoor dining any time soon, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "We do not have a set timeline because there's so much concern about certain types of indoor activities," the mayor said, in a response to a question about the reopening of malls on Monday. "Right now, we're all about keeping New York City safe, being smart and being cautious about it."

Indoor malls were supposed to return with Phase 4, and indoor dining was to resume in Phase 3, but both have been indefinitely postponed due to concerns about indoor transmissions of the coronavirus. "We want to keep watching the overall situation in the country and the overall situation in the city and how all these other things interact, including most obviously when people start to come back more in September to school and work," de Blasio explained.

Dr. Jay Varma, Senior Advisor for Public Health, pointed out, "We understand completely this is presents an incredible challenge for the businesses throughout the city, but we've seen what has happened in many other places around the world, particularly places that have done an exceptional job at controlling this epidemic have had to repeatedly open and close indoor bars, restaurants, other shopping facilities because of resurgences. So, I think the approach that the Mayor has laid out about being as cautious as possible, while we recognize it doesn't provide this certainty that people need, I think it does provide us with the important understanding that we need to be very cautious because of the experience seen throughout the world."

Staten Island Council Member Steven Matteo on Sunday tweeted his disappointment that the Staten Island Mall was not allowed to reopen:

The mall's senior manager, James Easley, told the Staten Island Advance last week that they spent months preparing in hopes of opening on Monday, including getting a new filtration system, “The MERV-13 filter is similar to a Hepa filter. It catches 95% of all particulate materials from the air. Apparently, that’s enough to catch the virus,. Every one of our common areas have had these filters installed within the last week.”

Malls on Long Island reopened when the region entered Phase 4 earlier this month.

Cuomo Tells Partiers, "Don't Be Stupid... You Could Kill Someone"

11:30 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo had harsh words for people partying in Astoria and other parts of NYC in recent days. "It is a problem," he said on Monday. "We know enough about this virus, we know there are inevitable consequences to our actions... You can get sick in your 20s. You can die in your 20s. People have... You will take the virus and you will give it to someone else, unless you live in a hermetically sealed bubble."

"You will go home and you will transfer to someone else who will transfer it to someone else, and you could kill someone," the governor added.

Cuomo previously expressed frustration about people congregating outside bars in the East Village, partying in Long Island City, as well as attending ragers on Long Island. The photos and videos of the hopping scene on Steinway Street comes after his three-strikes rule, issued last week, that threatens closures of bars or restaurants that don't comply with state guidelines. He also implored the local governments to enforce the rule.

New York City suspended one Astoria restaurant, Brik, from the city's open restaurants program on Saturday night, however Brik's owner said he intended to continue to serve customers in their outdoor seating area, which existed before the pandemic.

Cuomo lauded the last health statistics—a 1.05 percent positivity rate statewide (1.30 percent in New York City) and 718 hospitalizations, the lowest since March 18th. However, he warned that if bar and restaurant owners continue to break the rules and local governments don't enforce them, "I'll tell you what's going to happen. We're going to have to roll back the opening plan. And we're going to have to close bars and restaurants."

His press conference was held at JFK Airport before his departure to Savannah, Georgia, where he's headed today to share New York expertise in fighting COVID-19. "We're going to meet with Mayor Van Johnson and his team today, I've been speaking with the mayor," Cuomo said. "We'll tell them about what we did and will help them with testing programs, tracing programs. We're going to bring thousands of pieces of PPE and whatever they need from us they're going to get."

New York State is sending thousands of test kits and items of PPE to Atlanta.