It really depends on how bad it gets. I'm in NY and the specific part of NY I'm in hasn't been hit that hard and we haven't had full lockdown for a while. Restaurants are at capacity limits and they discourage indoor gatherings but everything is still open for takeout, etc.
I was kind of in the same position as your friend @Titan. I had left a job that I was at for 10 years to start a new job in February, COVID happened and I got laid off from that job. I was extremely lucky though because since I was laid off I qualified for unemployment. My job opened back up like a week later but they were not taking it serious enough for me, I have 2 young children and live with people that have underlying conditions.
I report to unemployment that I was offered a job back and decided not to take it due to those concerns, I was still able to collect unemployment which I'm still on to this day. My plan was to wait through winter and see what happens in 2021, I'm fortunate enough to be in a spot where we have enough income to get through to that point but it's hard out there.
I hope everyone stays safe and is able to pay all of your bills. I'm really feeling for a lot of people in these trying times. A huge benefit to having and living with a big family in a time like this.
But is it true that some New Yorkers left and decided to buy a house somewhere else?
More to do with their politics/policies. Brilliant video I saw during the pandemic...I live in the suburbs not far from NYC. From what I understand, my state has had a bit of a real estate boom the last several months because people from the city are moving away from it. Especially in the more open areas of NJ.