NEW YORK — As New York’s statewide “PAUSE” order ends Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York regions can prepare to reopen in phases if they meet several metrics.
“The decline has gotten to a point where we are just about where we started the journey,” Cuomo said during his daily coronavirus briefing Monday.
“We can intelligently turn towards reopening and that’s May 15,” Cuomo said.
Statewide, New York will open certain low-risk businesses and recreational activities as of Friday, including landscaping and gardening, outdoor, low-risk recreational activities like tennis and drive-in movie theaters.
The governor said local officials in each region should prepare for reopening when the time comes.
Regions must meet seven metrics in order to reopen:
- 14-day decline in hospitalizations OR under 15 new hospitalizations (three-day average)
- 14-day decline in hospitalized deaths or under 5 new hospitalized deaths (three-day average)
- New hospitalizations: under two per 100K residents (Three-day rolling average)
- Share of total beds avail (threshold of 30%)
- Share of ICU beds avail (threshold of 30%)
- 30 perk 1K residents tested monthly (seven-day avg of new tests per day)
- 30 contact tracers per 100k residents or to meet current infection rate
Cuomo noted several regions, including the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley regions are “ready to go today,” but need to finalize logistics by the end of the week.
Central New York and North Country have met six of the seven metrics, while Capital Region, Long Island, Mid-Hudson and Western New York have met five of the seven metrics. New York City has met four of the seven metrics, Cuomo said.
Once reopening occurs, it will be done in phases for moderation.
- Phase 1: Construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain, retail — curbside pickup, agriculture, forestry and fishing
- Phase 2: Professional services, finance and insurance, retail, administrative support, real estate/rental leasing
- Phase 3: Restaurants and food services, hotels/accommodations
- Phase 4: Arts/entertainment/recreation, Education
Businesses that are more essential and pose a lower risk will reopen first and must also put safety precautions into place.
New York reported 161 new coronavirus fatalities Monday, marking the first time in weeks the state's overnight deaths have dropped below 200. There are over 335,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.