Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Thursday night, extending the statewide stay-at-home order until June 13 for the regions that do not meet the standards to begin reopening.
Thursday night, Governor Cuomo extended the stay-at-home order through June 13 for many parts of the state, from Albany through the Hudson Valley to New York City and Long Island.
Most of Central New York, on the other hand, began its phased reopening at 12 a.m. Friday, when the New York pause order expired.
Those regions have achieved the governor’s 7 metrics to begin Phase One.
They can begin reopening the more essential and lower risk businesses, like construction and manufacturing.
“You have to reopen intelligently and you have to reopen in a calibrated way,” said Cuomo on Thursday. “Nobody says, ‘Don’t reopen.’ They say, ‘Be intelligent about the way you reopen. Follow the data. Follow the science. Follow the facts. Follow the metrics.'”
When it comes to New York City, Long Island and the mid-Hudson Valley region, they have yet to reach the needed metrics to reopen.
Long Island actually fell backwards. At one time they had met 5 of the 7 metrics. Now they only have 4, as too many people remain in the hospital.
If you’re looking to play tennis this weekend in courts around the state, you can only play singles, no doubles. And clubhouses will remain closed.
For a region to reopen, it must:
- According to CDC guidelines, a region has to have at least 14 days of decline in total hospitalizations and deaths on a three day rolling average
- Regions with few COVID-19 cases can not have 15 new cases or five deaths on a three day rolling average
- A region must have fewer than two new COVID-19 patients per 100,000 residents per day
- Hospitals can’t be filled to more than 70% capacity – including ICU beds – leaving 30% available in the event of a surge
- All hospitals must have a 90 day stockpile of PPE
- There must be 30 tests per 1,000 residents ready to go
- Regions must have 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents, with additional tracers available based on the projected number of cases in the region
- A risk/reward analysis of which businesses can reopen, with most essential businesses with lowest risk being prioritized
- Phase 1: Construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain, select retail with curbside pickup
- Phase 2: Professional services, finance and insurance, retail administrative support, real estate/rental leasing
- Phase 3: Restaurants/food services, hotels/accommodations
- Phase 4: Arts/entertainment/recreation/education
- Businesses must adjust their practices to ensure a safe work environment and track cases
- There will be a regional “control room” to monitor progress