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Long Island may begin Phase 1 reopening next week

Posted at 3:56 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 17:18:25-04

GARDEN CITY, L.I. — Long Island could reopen as early as next Wednesday.

It wouldn’t be business as usual but it would allow mom and pop retail stores and big box stores to reopen for curbside pick up.

“This is big news," said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.

There are four phases for total reopening and during his daily press briefing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Long Island is on track to open Phase 1 on Wednesday.

“The number of deaths are dropping, we need to get the tracers online but at this rate Long Island could open by Wednesday.”

Besides retail, Phase 1 will allow contractors to get back to work.

“That includes all construction” said Curran.

Nassau and Suffolk County are meeting the the health metrics for reopening. Hospitalizations continue to go down.

In the last 24 hours in Nassau County, there were only five COVID-related deaths.

“The silver lining in that number continues to go down.”

If Phase 1 happens as expected, it would be another two weeks at least for Phase 2 reopening.

Phase 2 would include normal retail meaning malls could be allowed to reopen. People would still need to wear face coverings and socially distance.