While New York State remains on PAUSE through May 15, some regions of the state may begin to reopen after that…
As long as they meet seven specific requirements Governor Cuomo has laid out (which include CDC recommendations).
They are: a 14-day decline in hospitalizations, a 14-day decline in hospital deaths, a three day rolling average of new hospitalizations under 2 per 100,000 residents, 30% of total hospital beds made available, 30% of ICU beds available, 30 per 1,000 residents tested monthly, and at least 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents.
As you can see, NYC currently has met 3 out of the 7 requirements, meeting the hospitalization and death declines as well as the average number of required monthly tests.
“Our plan focuses on getting people back to work and easing social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus or overwhelming the hospital system,” the state website reads.
You can see where the rest of the New York regions stand below. None of them currently meet all requirements.
Of course, once they do meet them and start to reopen, they must follow the reopening plan in four phases of businesses, with at least a two week span in between to monitor numbers. The phases are:
- Manufacturing and wholesale supply chain
- Select retail using curbside pickup only
- Professional services
- Finance and insurance
- Administrative support
- Real estate and rental leasing
- Restaurants and food service
- Hotels and accommodations
- Arts, entertainment and recreation