Cuomo greenlights phased regional reopening starting May 15

Cuomo greenlights phased regional reopening starting May 15

Cuomo greenlights phased regional reopening starting May 15

In addition to construction and manufacturing industries, Cuomo said all retail shops can reopen in those regions for curbside pickup or in-store pickup. The new businesses were not a part of phase one when Cuomo first discussed it last week.

"We are starting a new chapter in the fight against this virus - we've worked together as a state to flatten the curve and the decline has finally reached a point where it is just about where we started this journey, so now we can turn to reopening", said Cuomo.

Only three regions-Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley-have met all seven metrics and will be able to start reopening Friday.

Cuomo's data says that New York City is not yet ready because its daily new hospitalization data is not where it needs to be, nor are the number of hospital beds it has free.

New York City now meets four of the seven coronavirus metrics required to reopen, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out at his Monday press briefing.

The seven metrics for determining whether a region could reopen include decline in total hospitalizations, decline in deaths, new hospitalizations, hospital bed capacity, ICU bed capacity, diagnostic testing capacity and contact tracing capacity.

Statewide, the governor also announced an easement on certain low-risk activities and businesses. "We want to do it smartly, we want to do it intelligently, but we want to do it".

Under the "NY PAUSE" directive, non-essential businesses have been shut across the state since March 22 and that order is set to expire Friday.

Businesses that reopen will, of course, be required to implement social distancing and other safety measures to keep their staff safe and limit the possibility for infection. Some outdoor low-risk recreational sports facilities, like tennis courts, can reopen.

The governor said the control boards will closely monitor the health care systems in their regions to make sure that the re-openings don't raise the infection rates.

"And it was because we were smart and because we were unified, and because we did that, we averted tragedy". "Nobody wants to go back to the other side of the mountain", the governor said.

Cuomo uses the analogy of a valve to explain how a region should gradually reopen by incrementally loosening it and watching the infection rate to see how it is affected.

Sitting on New York City's control room are Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, President and CEO of Partnership for New York City Kathryn Wylde, NYC Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez, and the five borough presidents.

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