Governor Cuomo Opens Five Regions Including Central New York


NYS on PAUSE Extended Until May 28 for Regions That Do Not Open  May 15th; Region Can Enter Phase One of Reopening as Soon as it Hits Benchmark

Outlines Additional Guidelines for Phase One Businesses as They Begin to Reopen

Announces Multi-State Agreement on Beaches and Outlines Specific Conditions for New York Beaches to Reopen

Confirms 2,762 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 345,813; New Cases in 44 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced five regions will begin reopening Friday May 15th. The Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan. NYS on PAUSE will be extended until May 28 for all regions that do not reopen today – Western New York, the Capital Region, the Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island. When a region meets all seven metrics required for reopening, that region may immediately enter phase one of reopening.

“Throughout this entire pandemic New Yorkers have stepped up to the plate and done a great job of working together to bend the curve, and today half the regions in the state will begin to reopen,” Governor Cuomo said. “These regions have met the seven criteria needed for reopening, and as soon as other regions hit those benchmarks they can begin phase one of reopening as well. As we move forward with this process, it is up to all of us to understand our personal responsibility – that’s how this worked from day one and that’s how we will continue to slow the spread of the virus and start our new normal.”

Business guidance for phase one of the state’s reopening plan is available here. A guide to the state’s “NY Forward Reopening” Plan is available here. The state’s regional monitoring dashboard is available here.

Governor Cuomo also outlined additional guidelines and protocols for phase one businesses as they begin to reopen:

Residential/Commercial Construction:

  • All workers must have masks and wear them when within six feet of another worker
  • Employers must provide masks to all employees
  • No congregate meetings

Retail Business Owners – Curbside Pickup

  • Employee and purchaser in vehicle must wear a mask, gloves preferred
  • Hand sanitizer must be made available

Retail Business Owners – In-Store Pickup

  • Requires ordering ahead – pre-arranged orders
  • Social distancing required in store
  • No more than 50 percent of maximum occupancy
  • Patrons must wear masks
  • Store employees must wear masks, gloves preferred
  • Hand sanitizer must be made available

The Governor also announced a multi-state agreement with New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware to reopen beaches for Memorial Day Weekend. The Governor outlined specific conditions New York beaches must meet to reopen. State and local beaches and lakeshores in New York State may open the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend on the following minimum conditions:

  • Mandating no more than 50 percent capacity by ensuring controlled exits/entrances and limiting parking
  • Prohibiting group contact activities, including sports (e.g. volleyball, football)
  • Keeping areas of social gathering closed (e.g. designated picnic areas, playgrounds, pavilions, arcades, amusement rides)
  • Enforcing social distancing measures for both employees and visitors
  • Requiring masks to be worn by all employees and visitors when social distancing is not possible
  • Closing concessions
  • Ensuring staff levels are adequate to achieve these measures and enforce crowd control.

City, town and county beaches may open on the same conditions subject to local government home rule:

  • Local government must fully enforce minimum rules and may impose additional conditions
  • If local governments do not enforce minimum rules, the beach will be closed
  • Locals must notify the public by Wednesday, May 20 of their intention to open
  • Beaches can open on Friday before Memorial Day Weekend, May 22, 2020

Finally, the Governor confirmed 2,762 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 345,813 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 345,813 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
1,538
29
Allegany
44
0
Broome
390
7
Cattaraugus
64
0
Cayuga
61
1
Chautauqua
45
1
Chemung
133
1
Chenango
113
1
Clinton
85
4
Columbia
333
6
Cortland
33
0
Delaware
67
0
Dutchess
3,498
24
Erie
4,782
111
Essex
32
0
Franklin
17
0
Fulton
145
1
Genesee
175
0
Greene
209
2
Hamilton
5
0
Herkimer
87
1
Jefferson
71
2
Lewis
12
0
Livingston
106
0
Madison
256
1
Monroe
2,091
72
Montgomery
72
3
Nassau
38,864
121
Niagara
743
33
NYC
190,357
1,812
Oneida
713
15
Onondaga
1,440
17
Ontario
133
4
Orange
9,825
54
Orleans
147
2
Oswego
80
2
Otsego
67
0
Putnam
1,121
6
Rensselaer
428
5
Rockland
12,637
41
Saratoga
421
6
Schenectady
603
6
Schoharie
47
0
Schuyler
8
0
Seneca
49
0
St. Lawrence
192
0
Steuben
231
1
Suffolk
37,719
175
Sullivan
1,189
21
Tioga
110
2
Tompkins
136
0
Ulster
1,511
16
Warren
228
1
Washington
217
2
Wayne
91
2
Westchester
31,943
151
Wyoming
77
0
Yates
22
0