Gov. Cuomo rings opening bell at reopened New York Stock Exchange

Gov. Andrew Cuomo rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday as brokers returned to its iconic trading floor for the first time in two months.

The Democratic governor kicked off the first day of in-person trading at 11 Wall St. since the floor’s longest-ever closure began on March 23.

“In the two months the floor was dark, NYers bent the curve and slowed the spread of this virus,” Cuomo said on Twitter.

Cuomo wore a light-blue protective face mask for the brief ceremony, in line with NYSE’s requirements for the handful of floor brokers allowed in the building. They’ll also have to follow social-distancing rules and have their temperatures checked before entering.

The bell-ringing came ahead of Cuomo’s daily briefing on how the coronavirus has affected New York. The state has allowed seven of its 10 regions to begin reopening their economies after a lengthy shutdown aimed at stemming the spread of the virus.

Restrictions have not been eased in New York City, but financial institutions like the NYSE are considered essential businesses under the state’s lockdown rules.

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