Last week Mayor de Blasio announced New York City would be moving to Phase 2 of opening the city. That was good news to many business owners who have desperately missed their patrons. The goal of moving to Phase 2 of the city reopening is to begin to bring back some sort of normalcy to the city as well as help jumpstart the stagnant economy. While I wholeheartedly support business owners and so many people who are excited to see the economy begin to reopen, we must do so with the greatest precautions in the forefront of our minds.

There are currently 22 states who are experiencing a spike in increased cases and deaths due to the coronavirus. Many of those states have Republican governors who are willing to sacrifice their own citizens to gain favor with a president and administration who do not believe or respect science. The undergirding motivation for many of these leaders is also to make the economic numbers seem less bleak than reality suggests.

Luckily for New Yorkers, our Democratic mayor and governor appear to have the health and welfare of New Yorkers as the base of all decision making. However, our impressive declines in cases and deaths due to COVID-19 should not be interpreted as the disappearance of this virus. The reason why New York is currently boasting successful declines in deaths and infections of the virus is largely due to New Yorkers remaining vigilant with mask wearing, social distancing, and sheltering in place.

As the summer months bring hot weather and growing frustrations, we must remember that it is our discipline and sacrifice that will help us emerge from under this virus. If we forget the severity of the coronavirus and go back to “normal” too quickly, we will find ourselves in the same predicament as states like Florida, Texas, and Arizona.

Mayor de Blasio has already announced that Phase 3 of New York City’s reopening will begin on July 6. However, we have yet to see just how safe and successful Phase 2 will be. New Yorkers should not expect to resume all of the activities they enjoyed in the summer of 2019. We should remember that just as cases decrease, more waves definitely come when groups decide to congregate or decrease mask usage. We must also remember many New Yorkers do not exhibit “obvious” flu-like symptoms when carrying and spreading the virus.

As we prepare to go to beaches and nail salons and beauty shops, we must continue to weigh our safety options and stay vigilant. Our health and the health of those around us should be our priority, not hanging out with friends in the park or at restaurants. Please stay safe. This is a marathon and not a sprint. Patience is key.

Christina Greer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Fordham University, political editor at The Grio, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream,” and the co-host of the podcast FAQ-NYC.