James Whaley left hugs his lifelong friend Bronx Center resident Esau Germain Courtesy of Bronx Center
THEBY BRONX TIMES
For the fi rst time since
March of 2020, families and
friends are now able to reunite
in person with their loved ones
at the Bronx Center. One such
reunion was incredibly special.
Every Friday around 4 p.m.
since the pandemic began,
Bronx Center resident Esau
Germain arranged a Zoom call
with many members of his family,
including one close friend,
James Whaley. Germain is
part of a close family of several
siblings and he even considers
Whaley a brother.
On April 27, Whaley came
to the Bronx Center and was
able to have a one-hour reunion
with Germain where they ate
lunch together, got caught up
on life and hugged since they
have both been fully vaccinated.
This reunion , according
to both Whaley and Germain,
something they will never forget.
Friends who consider themselves
The reopening comes as
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced
that all state-mandated
lockdown orders would
be lifted for New York City by
May 17. Mask mandates will remain
in place for inside gathering,
but restaurants, movie theaters,
museums, and all other
public gathering places will be
allowed to reopen at 100% capacity
— which comes as nearly 7
million New Yorkers have
received at least one does of
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