Governor Outlines Plan to Reopen New York State

Governor Outlines Plan to Reopen New York State

Under the project title “Moving New York Forward”, on May 4th the Governor issued a plan that focuses on getting people back to work and easing social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus or overwhelming the hospital system.

New York will reopen on a regional basis as each region meets the criteria necessary to protect public health as businesses reopen. Until further notice New York State remains on PAUSE through May 15.

The 12-point plan begins with meeting CDC Guidelines on a regional basis.

To begin phased reopening, regions must experience a 14-day decline in hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average. Regions with few COVID cases cannot exceed 15 new total cases or 5 new deaths on a 3-day rolling average. A region must have fewer than two new COVID patients admitted per 100,000 residents per day.

The second point of the plan prioritizes industries for reopening

Phase One

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing and wholesale supply chain
  • Select retail using curbside pickup only

Phase Two

  • Professional services
  • Finance and insurance
  • Retail
  • Administrative support
  • Real estate and rental leasing

Phase Three

  • Restaurants and food service
  • Hotels and accomodations

Phase Four

  • Arts, entertainment and recreation
  • Education

The announcement of each phase of the reopening will occur only if each region continues to meet the metric outlined in step 1 of the plan.

For the most up-to-date information on the Reopening of New York by region, go to

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